Commonplace
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Commonplace

Co-production by The Symptoms and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

life-disco

A sweeping performance about encounters, whims, and prejudices. About how none of us are as special as we would like to believe, which is all right.
We step out the door. Every day is an expedition. We look at people carrying their stories around with them, locked inside themselves.

Some of the rehearsals took place in a rehearsal room, while others were held in public places, such as Moszkva Square. The creators kept a close eye on these spaces and the people passing through them. The performance is an extended and intensified interpretation of one minute of this contemplation of a public space, with ourselves as points of reference. The personal stories of the five characters are mixed together with the pedestrians’ stories the same way a DJ mixes sound samples.

We are looking for ourselves within the crowd. We know that we are not only witnesses to change, we form a part of it. Everything depends on us. Let’s dance.
The performance is looking for the common ground beyond the commonplace, it is looking for ways for us to get closer to understanding others’ understanding through our own story. The creators use the language of dance and words, of humour and self-irony in a style which is hyper-realistic and abstract at the same time; with live contribution from a DJ. The audience will easily recognise themselves through gestures, movement, and stories, like they would in a pop song.
As a follow-up to I can’t remember being raised like this Petra Ardai (Space Theatre) and The Symptoms do not spare themselves in carrying on the mapping out of the relationship between the individual and the community. What is a value system? How can we avoid indifference?

Director: Petra Ardai

Choreographer Assistant: Adrienn Hód
Performers / Co-creators: Emese Cuhorka, István Gőz, Valencia James / Rafaela de Sousa, Réka Szabó, Dániel Szász, Vince Varga
Music, sound, noise: Vince Varga
Costume: Luca Szabados
Lighting: Attila Szirtes
Special thanks to: Dóra Furulyás, Péter Kárpáti

Sponsors: Minsitry of Human Resources, National Cultural Fund, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Open Society Foundations, FÜGE Productions, MasterCard

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