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: https://winterwerft.de/en/

“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.

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