56-68-80: Contemporary vision on the revolutions

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the events of the Revolution 1956 we will present the historical events in the reflection of contemporary art and eyewitness literature. The project includes a free outdoor installation and an indoor performance. It will be staged in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and also in several mayor cities worldwide. Spreading the personal history of the resistance agains the Soviet oppression in our region.

In the centre of the presentation will be the artistic dialogue of the works from eg Milan Uhde, Ivan Klíma, Karel Steigerwald, Péter Zombola, Erkel Prizewinning composer, Krisztian Gergye and Lenka Kolihova choreographers and other artists from V4 countries. Classical music-styled DJ mixes, texts thematizing the events, the Soviet station, and the nature of dictatorship and communism through a physical theatre piece.

Partners: ProFitArt o.s. (CZ)Festival Meteorit (SK)Center for Cultura in Lublin (PL)Hungarian Cultural Center New York (US)Cafe Budapest - Contemporary Arts Festival (HU)

CONCEPTION

In cooperation with the Balassi Institute of New York we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the events of the Revolution 1956 with a program titled Kortársunk ‘56 In this project we have different focus on the events that has determined the national- historical identity in the region. Besides analysing the Hungarian events, we would like to involve in the project conception stories of other countries from the Visegrad region stationed by Soviet troops. Our goal is to present a unified picture of the regional revolutions which seem to be separated from an Eastern European view, but merged from the viewpoint beyond the region.

Accepting the challenge in frame of the project we try to treat the past events by combining the approach of the new generation and the memories of the people who lived that. We aim to offer a contemporary view of the past by finding the tools that can continue a dialogue with the events of ‘56, which have already lost their actual political aspects, but have not faded from memory yet. We will work with contemporary artists and other participants, for whom the communist regime is already history.

Our goal is to evoke the atmosphere of the revolution period - give an insight into the fears and hopes of everyday life; we explore the strength of community that unified the region counting 50 million people.

IMPLEMENTATION

We will present the historical events in the reflection of contemporary art. The commemoration will combine two different program elements. The first one – a public art presentation - will take place outside, in public spaces (involving local artists and art schools), the second one – a traditional theatrical piece – will take place indoor.

The scenery will be installed in the morning of the presentation, where local artists will be responsible to create the atmosphere of everyday life in October 1956 in the afternoon preparing the show presented in the evening. The local creators will work together with the choreographer and visual designer of the theatrical piece.

Premier: 23/10/2016 | New York

 

PRESENTATION

In the centre of the presentation will be the artistic dialogue of a contemporary Hungarian author, Péter Zombola, Erkel Prize-winning young composer, Krisztian Gergye choreographer and artists from V4 countries. Classical music-styled DJ mixes, texts - thematizing the events of ‘56, the Soviet station, and the nature of dictatorship and communism (interpreted by the author or well-known local artists) and a contemporary dance or physical theatre piece will build the presentation.

Besides the visual and acoustical reception, we aim to involve the visitors’ sensations in a deeper meaning (e.g. the thermo-sensation of the audience by a pool filled with hot and cold water). To increase the complexity of the performance we cooperate with the Artlocator Team – working with augmented reality technique during the performance, which enables us to show moments and people on the stage only virtually, and involves the audience more actively – as they have to use their mobile phones at some point of the performance.

The scheduled length of the presentation: ca. 60 minutes

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATION

By the outdoor presence’ visibility and availability we could catch the interest of locals. With this approach on the one hand we can reach not only people engaged by art but also the people of the streets, without artistic interest. On the other hand we hope to gain new audience for the venues.

We involve local artists and local schools to create an atmosphere of the events of 56 with sound- and video installation (3D mapping) or with any other artistic tool. We aim an indirect, low-key presence, not a loudly, aggressive one.

For example: Ed Woodham http://www.artinoddplaces.org (New York)

 

TRANSATLANTIC TOUR

We are timing the transatlantic tour to the days of the Revolution – between 23rd October and 4th November we will tour with the performance and presentation in the cities of the United States proposed by the Hungarian ambassadress of New York (Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles). The staff of MTVA (Hungarian National Television) will escort the tour to shoot a documentary film.

Scheduled performing day: 5  

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Visegrad region

The full performance will debut in the framework of the Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (http://cafebudapestfest.hu/), thenit will be shown in all the Visegrad Region countries: in Lublin, Bratislava and Prague.

Small-scale performance

By using the film shoots and materials of the transatlantic tour we will create a small-scale performance, which could travel in a more economic and cost-effected way.

In November and December of 2016 we will tour with the shows in Europe - in cities of the Balassi Institutes who are interested in our program. (Stuttgart, Istanbul)

Scheduled performing day: 20

 

Involved artists:

 

Péter Zombola composer http://www.peterzombola.com

Krisztián Gergye contemporary dancer and choreographer https://www.facebook.com/gergyetarsulat

Erdal Salikoglu translator

Lenka Kolihova dramaturge

Aritist of partner countries – selection in progress

Visual artist, video artist, dramaturge – selection in progress

Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra (on record) and its chamber orchestra for touring

Artlocator

http://artlocatorapp.com/

 

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