ungarian theatres are presented to the German public - with the help of works of numerous young choreographers of the new Hungarian art of dance - through various performances and also by way of an anthology.

Opened in 1998, the House of Contemporary Arts, commonly referred to as TRAFÓ, will be given the possibility to show itself in the Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm on the 8th and between the 14th and 17th of October. The most recent works of young Hungarian choreographers, documentary and short films of young Hungarian filmmakers of the Balázs-Béla-Stúdió can be seen here. Multimedia-productions, concerts and parties supplement the programme.

András Nagy's monodrama about Alma Mahler, starring Dina Draegger will be staged in the Theater 695 under the direction of Ludwig Wust. It will be a premiere performance in Germany. The premiere will start at 7:30 p.m. on October 8, 1999. On November 3, 1999, the joint production of the Budapest College of Film and Theatre Arts and the Goethe Univesity of Frankfurt will be presenting a play in the Theater 695. The play is about György Lukács and Peter Szondi. The project is carried out in several stages under the conduct of Professor Lehmann and the Hungarian playwright András Nagy. The aim is to prepare and put a performance on stage with the aid of research and workshops.

On the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, several guest performances will be organised at the Schauspiel Frankfurt comprising contemporary Hungarian pieces.

Ferenc Karinthy 's play, entitled 'Dreams of Budapest' will be presented in the Euro Theatre Central Bonn in co-operation with the Sándor Hevesi Theatre of Zalaegerszeg under the direction of Bertalan Bagó. The performances are planned for 8 p.m. on October 14 and 15.

On October 17, 1999, in the Stadttheater Darmstadt the 'Samans' dance-theatre group, known and honoured with prizes throughout Europe, is guest performing with the piece entitled 'The Dissimulators'. They are also planning the dramatised reading of a new Hungarian play and a musical programme for the same day.

An anthology, containing the plays of five contemporary Hungarian writers will appear at the Frankfurt Book Fair intended to become an 'invitation' for the future and a basis of the readings to be held on the Book Fair. In the anthology one may find, apart from the successful plays of Péter Esterházy and Lajos Parti Nagy, a work by Vera Filó, a playwright who was, until now, known only by the insiders of Hungarian theatre.

Programme manager: Mária Szilágyi, researcher of theatre science

Address: Museum of the Hungarian Theatre, Remetehegyi út 29., H-1037 Budapest.
Telephone: +(36) 1 3672 166



Réka Szabó

Dance was just a hobby for her until her graduation from the Eötvös Loránd University where her major was mathematics and computer sciences.

1994 brought the turning-point in her career, when Rui Horta - along with the best Hungarian professional modern dancers - chose her for his dance production in Hungary.

She began to create her own choreographies in 1995. In 1997 her piece “Sonata” won first prize and audience prize of “Inspiration”, at the competition of young choreographers. With the financial help of that prize she could create her next piece “Control Contra” premiered in April, 1998. Recently she presented her new solo piece “The lilac ant-eater”.

As a dancer she worked with several choreographers (Rui Horta, Jo Andres, Eszter Gál, Gyula Berger). Presently she works with Havier de Frutos.


Tamás Geröly

He teaches and performs percussion. He is committed to jazz in its specificly Hungarian form.

For nine years he was a member of the world-famous Dresch Quartet. He also performs with many different formations in Hungary and abroad.

He took part in many contemporary dance theater performances (Compagnie Joseph Nadj, TranzDanz).

Sonata (23’)

The basic idea was to create not just a theatrical work but also something similar to a musical composition. That is why the musical structure of sonata supplies the underlying frame of the piece. Classical sonata consists of three movements – allegro, andante (or adagio) and vivace – though loosely connected, they still form a unity. Three different moods portrayed in the play are but three different formulas of alienation.

Conception: Réka Szabó
Choreography, dance: Enikő Kulcsár, Gizella Zarnóczai, Réka Szabó
Music: Tamás Geröly (drums), Réka Szabó(vocal)
Lights: Gabi Bánki
Sponsors: New Performing Art Foundation, MU Theatre, National Cultural Foundation, Cultural Committee of Budapest



Trafó Festival - Mousonturm
Frankfurt Book Fair
October, 1999

Exhibition - October 8th - 31st
Friday, 8th October

Exhibition Opening Ceremony
Opened by: Andreas Bee

Exhibiting artists:
Balázs Beöthy, Gábor Gerhes, Endre Koronczi, Zsuzsanna Rebeka Pál, János Sugár, Gyula Várnai, Andrea Schneemeier
8 pm., Thursday, 14th October, Great Hall

Opening Ceremony

  • György Szabó - director of Trafó KMH
  • dr. János Schiffer - vice-mayor of Budapest

Film - animations and short experimental films edited and the professional introduction conducted by:
Balázs Varga - Hungarian Institute for Films

Attila Mispál: Altamira (1997)
Marcell Iványi: Wind (1995)
Igor and Ivan Buharov: Sunday 1995)
Szabolcs Hajdú: Necropolis (1997)
Ferenc Cakó: The song of the sand (1995)
Pál Tóth: A new day (1999)

Artists' Videos
Edited and introduction presented by:
Katalin Tímár art historian
9.30 pm., Studio, Dance Review

Ferry Mania: trio

Réka Szabó: trio + drums
6 pm., Friday, 15th October, Studio

Introducing 30 contemporary Hungarian poets and entitled Budapester Scenen, a two-tongued anthology is published for the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair by the Dumont Publisher (Köln)

Lecture Evening (in two languages)
Director: Gerhard Falklner
Vera Filó, András Imreh, Orsolya Kalász, István Kemény, János Térey, Attila Hazai, Péter Zilahy
9 pm., Great Hall Long Night

Tibor Szemző / The Knot of Gordius
Albert Márkos - acoustic instrument
Titusz Bicskey - DJ
Zsolt Palotai - DJ
Eszter Nagy - VJ
Péter Politzer - VJ

7 pm., Saturday, 16th October, Studio Round-table Conversation
Art strategies, continuity
Political changes, exchange of experience
Leader: János Sugár
Guests: Gergely Prőhle, György Szabó, Dr. Helga Budde, Christine Peters, Szilágyi Maria, Dr. Matthis Müller-Wieferig



Frankfurt '99 Non-profit Organisation,
Budapest 1054 Báthori u. 10.
Fax: +(36) 1 269 20 53