I should die...

Original Hungarian language version by ’B.D.’, appeared on www.kulturprojekt.hu on July 9, 2013. English language translation by Gábor Kálmánczhelyi.

Csaba Formanek, Lénárd Ilyés and Ádám Pignitzky created a performance in the international language of physical theatre, titled Book of the Dead.

The myth of change would intertwine our whole life, if we’d let it. Even so, we hold on to the ordinary, cling to our masks stuck on us, going through the same motions for the thousandth time. In clear moments perhaps we feel that life is more than the role we play at the moment. And, whether we like it or not, by all means eventually we’ll put down this role. That is the mystery in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is chosen for the guideline of the performance by the creators.

Csaba Formanek’s and Lénárd Ilyés’ brilliant act takes an evolution of souls on stage, where they put on the appearing characters authentically. They don’t play their roles, they live them. While the greatly arranged stage-set and visuals are a fine work by the hands of Ádám Pignitzky.

We progress from the deep to the heights in a masterfully drawn sweep. There’s no choice, the viewer is travelling as well from the crampedness of existence to the lightness of release.

The first life is the most dense. On the scene, an old woman and her nurse come to life. They still cling to their fixedness, they don’t release their notions, solidified as their personality, their mantras pull us towards the ground. Living like this is suffering, hard, dying as well.

In the next life, the vicinity of a young mother brings ease.  Ordinary forms are decaying, the cramped clinging, for which only the third life can bring relief, is dissolving. Our main characters are born again as monks, and here come those most imaginative solutions, for which we love to come to Malomudvar so much.

The ingenious interplay of lights, sounds and movements is – since the legendary Diary of the thief-women - almost a compulsorily expected ’physical excercise’. And one of the best scenes of Book of the Dead invokes a natural phenomenon in a highly genuine way. There is no excess, from now on, equilibrium and harmony flows onto the auditorium as well.

The performance is complex, uplifting and some food for thought. It’s worth to view it again and again, just like a good movie, and immerse oneself in its depth. The creators made sure, that for the joy of discovery, you can’t be bored by the countless hidden motifs.

Don’t miss this fantastic journey!

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