Mihály Munkácsy's paintings in the latest performance of the Háromszék Dance Ensemble

2024. January 25.

We start the year with an irregular dance theatre performance: choreographer Farkas Tamás from Békéscsaba, Hungary, and actor-director Tapasztó Ernő from Arad will present a unique interpretation of ten emblematic paintings by Munkácsy Mihály in the production ECCE HOMO. The premiere will take place on 29 January in Sfântu Gheorghe.

The production will be presented on the occasion of the Munkácsy commemorative year, as the Hungarian painter was born 180 years ago, on 20 February 1844 in Munkács (Transcarpathia, Ukraine). Through Munkácsy's paintings, the director of the performance aims to convey contemporary ideas of the 21st century, such as child labour, the exploitation of children, human frailty, love, mockery, desire, the characteristics of human nature, the peculiarities of human nature, burdened with original sin. 

The artists use the ever-changing projected images to transform the dance floor into a specific setting for the paintings. During the performance, we can understand and feel these phenomenal genre paintings, salon paintings, the Christ trilogy, one of the pieces of which gives the title to the performance. In fact, the show as a whole is based on the philosophical idea of "Behold Man", interwoven with the powerful drama of Munkácsy's paintings.

Photo: Kátai Jocó

The composer of the performance is Levente Fazakas, whose works will be performed by renowned and well-known artists such as Tiberius String Quartet, Mihály Dresch, the Heveder band, Gellért Lőfi, Csaba Gáspár and Csanád Kerezsi. The period costumes are the work of Oradea-based costume designer Cristina Breteanu, while the scenery, projection and set design is by Előd Szőke-Izsák and Zsuzsi Szőke. Gabriella Gyarmati, art history consultant, helped the artists to choose the paintings. The choreographer is Tamás Farkas and the production is co-directed by Tamás Farkas and Ernő Tapasztó.

The production was supported by the National Cultural Fund and the Bethlen Gábor Fund. The photographs used in the production are the property of the Museum of Fine Arts - Hungarian National Gallery, the Déri Museum in Debrecen and the private collector Imre Pákh, and are protected by law.

The premiere will take place on Monday, 29 January at 19:00 at the Háromszék Dance Studio in Sfântu Gheorghe, and will be performed on 30 and 31 January as well. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office (open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour before the performances). Telephone number: 0267-312104).

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