Dunapart3 Budapest

DunaPart3 is the merge of the dunaPart platforms (2008 and 2011) and of Hungarian Showcase (2013). The aim of the festival is to present the outstanding representatives of the independent Hungarian performing arts scene, to help them and the whole field in their further integration in the international professional network.” Dunapart is a curated festival focusing on independent performances and expressions. The festival is held biannually in Budapest.

Having attended this showcase in 2013, I came back in 2015 to see some of Hungarys most exciting contemporary performative artists such as the Bela Pinter Company, Hoodworks and Árpád Schilling.

Choreographer: MÉSZÁROS Máté – Hinoki

A fleeting and contemplative piece, showcasing a refined and skillful take on urban moves. A meditation rather than a comment on society, Hinoki weaves its way through stages of mood, moments and impressions. Brimming with technique and flair, its a showcase of contemporary dance’s ability to defy gravity.

Choreographer: Hodworks – Conditions of Being a Mortal

Working against, rather than with the music of classical ballet, performers rebel against the conventions in order to construct their own language for the longing and desires of being human.
An intense and engaging exploration, full of contrasts. What happens when the expressive bodies of a group of dancers has to communicate? The process demonstrates a truth-like quest to construct dialogue in an individualistic environment. The dancers are free to reveal personal traits and idiosyncrasies, improvising and challenging themselves towards a common goal.

Árpád Schilling

Dramatist and actor: Árpád Schilling – Loser

What are the costs of engaging in political discourse in Hungary today? This deeply personal exploration leads us to question both him and the Hungarian Government. Pathos and comedy are never far between each other in this accomplished construction of privacy and public outcry. Self-mockery sits next to self-righteousness in this ballad of an artist. The story takes place against a backdrop of austerity and hardships under the nationalistic government. People emigrate to western europe, Hungary loose its youth and vigor in a quest to preserve the national ethos, its mythology of hunters and warriors…unafraid and strong. In the opening monologue, Schilling castigates the intellectual class for not presenting opposition to its current political regime. This is political theatre performed in a state that does not welcome criticism.