ISTA / New Genaration 2023 in Hungary!

Theatre Olympics 2023 and Fondazione Barba Varley in collaboration with Sinum Theatre ISTA/NG

Directed by Eugenio Barba 17th session Pécsvárad-Pécs-Budapest (Hungary), 7-21 May 2023

The event will take place in a rural location, in the ex-monastery of Pécsvárad in Baranya county and an ISTA Festival in Pécs from 8th to 15th May 2023.

Poster made by Darinka Pilári

The booklet of the festival is available here:

Janus mystery and carnival at Winterwerft Festival

Protagon e.v. together with Antagon Aktion Theatre are organizing the Winterwerft Festival in Frankfurt am Main, titled House on fire from 27th of January until 12th of February.

Janus mystery and carnival will be performed at 21:00 on the 4th of February 2023 in Frankfurt am Main, in the theatre hall of Antagon.

Quotation from the theme of the festival:

With all the successive catastrophes, there is one thing we do not see: a deep change of heart, a broad societal debate about truly sustainable redirection in our ecological, economic and, above all, cultural orientation. Instead, we are still sitting on the dinner table stuffing ourselves, while the smoke thickens, while our planet is bleeding from the veins that we have opened with our drilling, digging, cutting, spilling, killing. […] So what will be our next steps, through the smoke, the grime and darkness? And what is the role of art, of theatre in this process of navigating an unfolding catastrophe?” Source Winterwerft:

“I have seen all the works which are done under the sun; all is to no purpose, and desire for wind.” (Eclesiastes, Old Testament)

Janus mystery and carnival is a contemporary mystery play, where the actors are constructing living pictures to tell a version of the life story of a Hungarian Renaissance poet, Janus Pannonius. The performance uses poems and scenes from his biography, and simultaneously evokes the image of Janus divinity, who is a determinant figure for cycle changes.

Through the performance we are questioning our civilization’s relationship to the cyclic changes of nature. In what way our ignorance towards cyclicality is connected to actual crisis? How natural twists and turns affect our life on an individual and collective level? Why the celebrations of cyclic changes are not organic parts of our life anymore?

It is a show that includes exciting movement choreographs with fire, acrobatic elements, singing and experimental vocal choir actions. By this occasion, we invite our public to celebrate together the actual cycle change, the time of the Carnival, as celebration of the winter farwell.

Janus mystery and carnival trailer made by Gábor Rumann on the 16th of September in the Castle of Pécsvárad.

The 9th sense

a book written and edited by Balázs Simon and based on the contribution of the partnership’s organization staff members and on the contribution of the rural community members who were involved in the project’s theatre laboratories.

Thanks for the great work!

If you read this book, you will learn more about psychological, psycho physiological, and anthropological related art, theoretical fields of knowledge in relation to human performativity. If you are a theatre person, you may not have thought that these fields of knowledge play a role in your daily work, or if you did, you may not have known their interrelationships and science. If you come from the world of the humanities, you may have always thought that theatre, in its various forms, could be a subject for scientific study, but you may not have yet come across a study that summarizes the relevant knowledge.

The niche publication is a comprised theory, regards, techniques and exercises helping to establish inclusive, small scale, democratic groups for any purpose as resources of mental
and physical health, personal growth, creativity, reason and collective wisdom in rural, remote or isolated environments.
According to our analysis there is a great need to explain and demonstrate evidences of theatre’s positive impact on mental health, life-quality and social stability.

The book was created under the coordination of the partner Utcaszak Színházi Alkotó Közösség and written by Balázs Simon with the support of Gabriella Molnár-Keresztyén, and based on the contribution of every partner. Find out more about the translated versions on our website.

Download the book here: