At the Behest of the Pike (HU)

Author: T. Tarakovski
Director: Balló Zoltán
Play renewer: Varga Ibolya
Scenography and puppets: Wallner Günter
Scenography and puppets renewer: Elena Ilaş, Florin Marin
Cast: Balogh Dorottya, Csortán Márton, Domokos Szabolcs, Giriti Réka, György László
Kötő Áron, Pünkösti Laura, Urmánczi Jenő
Poster: Săcară Florina
Recommended age: 3+
Premiere: 1988. Premiere of renewed play: January 28th 2017

At the Behest of the Pike is one of the best known Russian folk tales, the protagonist of which, Emelya the fearless is very much alike our Erős János (a Hungarian folk tale hero), since both are ready to leave behind the warmth of the stove and the comforting idleness when the moment comes, just to prove: he’s not from this world and knows no impossibilities. By following the Pike’s magic words, Emelya dresses her mother in exquisite furs, treats the forest animals, transforms the Russian winter into spring, makes the Neversmiling tzar princess laugh, then takes his happy bride back to his fancy forest cottage. He achieves all these playfully and effortlessly, while playing a tango harmonica – his spirits are never cast down by difficulties.

Our play is a classic puppet show, a perfect example for the conventional storytelling with puppets, in which the fundamental message of the tale, the purity of the narrative and the precise construction of characters are essential. The renewed play brings an homage to its creators: Balló Zoltán, director, actor and Wallner Günter, sculptor, scenographer who created the show in 1987 ̶ points out Varga Ibolya, the artistic director of the show.

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