Katona József Színház – Kamra, Budapest, Hungary, 2000
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Árpád Schilling

about the production

The production full of actors' expressivity, physical immediacy in the contact with the spectators, as well as physiological nature of the represented relationships or rather antirelationships. What predominates is youthfulness, boisterous energy, unbridleness, and a special kind of lyricism. The latter is due to the musical side of the performance. The poetic merges with the mysterious and the arcane, the elemental wantonness merges with exaggeration. The production plays with the evil in us. The creators draw upon naturalistic detail, the principle of playfulness, and open depiction of sexual ravenousness and cruelty. Expressivity and full involvement of the actors affect the viewer as a natural element. Schilling's forte is his ability of intuitive scenic composing, which he brings from the very environment of alternative theatre.

The main driving force of the performance is the figure of Baal impersonated by Viktor Bodó. His gigantic inner charisma couples with his physical adroitness, multifaceted acting ability and technical bravado. He gives shape to an aggressive and amorphous monster, obsessed by sexuality, which devastates its surroundings and at the same time gets eroded by the innermost doubt about the meaning of life.



director and adaptation: Árpád Schilling
translation: Zoltán Jékely
stage design: András Bartos, Arpád Schilling
costume design: Klára Varga
music: Gábor Rusznyák

Baal: Viktor Bodó, Emilie: Réka Pelsoczy, Johanna: Karina Kecskés, Older sister, Pianist, Maja: Eszter Onodi, Younger sister, Soubrette: Eszter Balla, Baal's mother, Mjurk, lnnkeeper. Erika Bodnár, Sophie Barger: Annamária Láng, Johannes: Gábor Rusznyák, Mech, Carter, Woodman, Madman: Gyorgy Vass, Piller, Carter, Woodman, Bolleboll: Sándor Csányi, Pschierer, Carter, Woodman, Gougou: Gergely Kocsis, Luise: Attila Tóth, Ekart: Zsolt Nagy


Árpád Schilling (1974) 

In 1995 he became an undergraduate of directing at the Hungarian Academy of Film and Drama in Budapest in the class of Gábor Székely. He is the founder of „Chalk Circle”, an independent generation theatre. Baal was Schilling's school performance, today it forms part of the official repertoire of the famous Katona József Színház in Budapest and it has made a successful appearance at the meeting of the European Theatres Union in Strasbourg and at the Avignon Festival. In the survey of theatre critics in the Színház journal Schilling won the Talent of the Year Prize. He has the following productions to his credit: Käzellenség (by lstván Tasnády, based on the novel Michael Kohlaas by H. von Kleist) and The House of Bernarda Alba (by F. G. Lorca).

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