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Awakening at the Istanbul Fringe Festival


Awakening at the Istanbul Fringe Festival

Awakening is created by the young artists of Ladder Art Company, an emerging artistic group in Hungary. The theatre show is based on mime, clowning, visual theatre elements, aerial circus acrobatics, and music – written for one rope, two characters and several fairies…

“For many years I mistook myself for someone, who doesn’t exist; and even beyond years, I mistook the impalpablefor the impossible.Countless fairies, neither one nor more: that is what I am, the rest is just appearance.”
Excerpt from the Hungarian poem Örvény by Sándor Weöres, Translated by Paul Sohar and Peter Sherwoodfrom

With humour, poetry and self-reflection, this performance is looking into our own pettiness, cowardice, anxiety, but also our moments of bravery and affection, while we are trying to understand our behaviour as humans.
A story about the duality of humankind, displayed by two characters: our two faces - searching for our essential self in the mess of boundaries, dreams, and the never ending process of growing up.


Thinking about awakening let’s put aside that heavy moment that first comes to your mind.
This awakening is not leading you to the morning wake-up calls, but to a dream that is full of fun:
it is a dream about a circus without any clowns or acrobats;
it is magic that doesn’t require anything else, but a pillow, and that lets you light up the sky by the stars that you draw with your own fingers.

So this is the awakening that wakes you up with that waggish smile on your face, as your dream colors up the greyish world – hopefully tonight, too. ;)

Duration: 1 hour

Creators and performers:
Mátyás Marofka
Balázs Kulcsár

Adrián Kovács – piano
Szabolcs Dörnyei – guitar
Stefánia Pénzes – singer
Árpád Székely – drums

Music: Victor Morató Ribera
Musical director: Adrián Kovács
Costume and set design: Zsuzsa Szőke
Light design: András Váradi
Assistant: Krisztián Kiliti
Technical assistant: Norbert Bakonyi
Production manager: Brigitta Kovács

Photos: Aliz Győri
Visual, poster: Luca Molnár

International Visegrad Fund, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Balassi Institute Istanbul, SÍN Cultural Centre (Budapest) Divadlo Thália Theatre (Kosice), Artus Stúdió (Budapest), Magyar Művészeti Akadémia
The production is created in the frame of Artus Studio’s program, “Arccal a halnak”.

Map DasDas, Ataşehir Atatürk Mahallesi, Ataşehir Bulv. Metropol İstanbul, 34758 Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey
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