Sík Ferenc: Advent on Mount Hargita, 1986.

Context of the Performance in Theatrical Culture

The memory of Hungarian theatre history, aided by urban legends, only records a few moments in the forty years of events between the 1949 nationalisation of theatres and the 1989 regime change, that demonstrated with public gatherings and emotional crowds, that a cultural coherence exists, that a political community that speaks the same language exists...

Dramatic text, dramaturgy

  The dramatic text entered interpretative space in a season that contained Csirkefej (Chicken Head) by Spiró György and Kozma by Kornis Mihály. In that context, it is relevant even decades later that as a result of Agárdy Gábor’s and Sinkovits Imre’s acting, the most known sentence of the Sütő András play separated from the...

Direction

Ellipses and allusions define the performance’s dramatic rhythm, as a result the premier sometimes speeds up, intensifies with dancing and urgency, and sometimes it slows down into a flow of monologues inserted into a slow dialogue. In general, we can say that Sík Ferenc fills the stage with the mythical time of allusion-heavy Transylvanian storytelling,...

Acting

Agárdy Gábor’s bass utterance resonates as the central question: can we even speak anymore? Agárdy Gábor and Sinkovits Imre as a duo form a strong coalition. In 1986, they’re already actors with such high status that they can speak to, and speak about, the whole of the Hungarian nation. In the Nemzeti, this form of...

Sight and Sound

The two acting techniques grate on one another in the shared scenes, so in those scenes they drink toasts for lack of anything else to do. But chamber theatre-type acting becomes impossible once the actors need to step out of Bódi’s hut, since the internal, mundanely realistic space harmonised with that form of speech, while...

Impact and posterity

The premier of the Sütő play wasn’t planned for the advent period itself, but three days after Christmas, then it was postponed until the 2nd of January, bringing extreme excitement, conspiracy theories, fear and anxiety, anger and tension into the advent period. The March edition of Tiszatáj published the programmatic speech of the Nemzeti’s director,...