In German, with Hungarian surtitles
Performance based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s secular cantatas
WORLD PREMIERELoyal subjects are arriving for the celebration in honour of the ruler. In order to express their veneration, they create a theatrical production in which they themselves are the actors. They act out the story of Hercules. The hero must decide: will he follow the path of virtue, or will he continue to live for enjoyment?
Bach composed his secular cantatas mostly for distinguished occasions: coronations and other political events, weddings, births and name days. Their subject was love, and most often the glorification of the age and the unconditional devotion felt for the ruler, which frequently comes to life in an allegorical or mythological story. But from behind the seeming idyllic hymns of peace, there also emerges a picture of an era of decline. Sometimes with melancholy, and sometimes with humour.
This production attempts to create a unique musical montage where passages from the cantatas come to life as a unified whole in a story conceived by its creators.
Partners: University of Theatre an Film Arts / Hungarian University of Fine Arts
Course/department heads: Tamás Ascher, Eszter Novák, György Selmeczi (musical theatre directing course); Magdolna Jákfalvi, Péter Kárpáti, László Upor (theatre dramaturg course) / Edit Zeke (Scenography Department)