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Damage  community theatre performance with twelve people who lost their vocation and the Bird

Kár közösségi színházi előadás, tizenkét hivatását-vesztő emberrel és a Madárral

poster for The Symptoms | Sz(T)ünet Együttes | 2024

directed by Réka Szabó

In The Bird Experience, a project supported by the Creative Europe Programme, a contemporary dance company from five European countries worked together to explore the theme of loss, involving various civil society groups and a large black bird. In Hungary, Réka Szabó and her colleagues worked with twelve brave civilian adults from different backgrounds in a closed drama group. People who had lost or were about to lose their vocation, which was part of their identity and the main driving force of their lives. To mourn the loss of a vocation is illegal mourning. While it is acceptable to publicly experience grief in the context of a death, mourning one's vocation is often incomprehensible or even questionable to the outside world. In the community performance, an attempt was made to initiate a dialogue on articulating loss, becoming aware of our pain, and living and expressing our feelings. Testimonies of strength, pain, courage, loneliness, struggle, shame and betrayal. In text, sound and movement. 

Actors, creators: Tímea Andorka, Katalin Balpataki, Márta Barbarics, Zsuzsanna Bereczky, Ági Blaskó, Piroska Clease, György Cseh, Kata Kiss, Krisztina Losits, Andrea Pászthy-Sipos, Andrea Simon, Lilla Szűcs

Contributor: Balázs Oláh, dancer
Director: Szabó Réka
Dramaturge: Zsuzsanna Simányi
Creative collaborator: Lili Raubinek, Viktória Dányi
Lighting: Miklós Mervel
Music: Gryllus Ábris, Ahad aka Zsolt Sőrés, Henriette Groth
Costume consultant: Kata Zubor

Photo:  Viktória Dányi
Video: Benedek Bognár
The bird was made by An
ette Asp Christensen
Consultant: Kinga Kánya
Stream: Tamás Pilipowski, Tamás Dunajcsik

Special thanks to Máté Czakó, Platinum Grafikai Laboratórium, Műhely Alapítvány
Supported by Creative Europe Programme

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