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Promenade is an urban theatrical trip. A tour bus is cruising in the city with the audience on board. There is a promised destination, but the arrival is hindered by a series of obstacles. The performers make a journey in space and time and we follow their routes, which all become stories. The audience accompany the actors from station to station and listen to their vocalized thoughts. The audience gradually becomes fate tourists, the city becomes a set, the guides become characters, their actions, words and the happenings become scenes.

 

Participating artists: Martin Boross (HU), Gáspár Téri (HU), Bea Gold (HU), Márton Debreczeni (HU), András Tucker (HU), Sarah Günther (G), Julia Jakubowska (PL), Szabolcs Tóth (HU), Tamara Vadas (HU), Csilla Nagy (HU)

Work-in-progress-presentation: May 26, 2013 at Jurányi Production and Incubator House, Budapest (HU)

After a successful work-in-progress presentation, further presentations are planned in Artus Budapest (HU) on September 27, 28 & 29, 2013 

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report in the creation process by Martin Boross

With the support of Workshop Foundation and Jardin d’Europe I was able to realize my third theatre production. We had the chance to go on in the process we started at autumn 2012, continuing the research and the rehearsals, and shared our results through this special experience: a 100-minute theatrical journey on the streets of Budapest.

The realization of Promenade was another important step in my artistic development of relating to my own environment and discover others in terms of creating in public space. One of the most inspiring and fruitful aspects of this was to contact civilians, especially to work with them as participating volunteers.

During April and May 2013 I worked on Promenade with the members of Artus company (Gáspár Téri, Bea Gold, Márton Debreczeni, András Tucker), Sarah Günther (G), Julia Jakubowska (PL), and other guest artists (Szabolcs Tóth, Tamara Vadas, Csilla Nagy). We worked as a collective, we developed characters, scenes and texts together, everybody took part also as a creator. In the first phase we worked indoor, mostly in Jurányi Inkubátorház, many times in the office of Workshop Foundation, the surrounding streets as well as on public transport buses and gardens. We ran two workshops for all in all eleven volunteers, 5 of them finally took part in the production also as performers.

This was the first opportunity for me to involve international creators for which a movement-based performance was a perfect environment. I am especially interested in the adaptation of the work to another city with an audience of a different language. We are curious what it is like when we lead locals around their own city where we are the guests in fact. As result of this idea taking Promenade to another city is not just mere touring but also an adaptation.

Finally what we got is a special mixture of a community event and an isolated personal show due to the headphones through which the audience listens to the live edited sound layer of the show. Most of the reviews are about a successful framing of reality and hiding fiction in reality the same time. I can say in the name of the whole group that we are satisfied with this result.

The work-in-progress premiere of the work took place on 26 May 2013. After this we presented the work at PLACCC Festival in Budapest, an event for performing arts in public spaces. We played Promenade – Fate tourism 8 times in all, each time with an audience of 40 people, which is the maximum capacity of our rented bus.

 

From the reviews:

’It has rarely happened to me that I got surprised and uncertain in theatre so many times. The space of the performance and the actors is wonderfully wide, or rather unlimited: everybody is in it who we see through the window.’ (Péter Urfi, Magyar Narancs)

 

’According to the loose story you are on the run, getting away from the city, and suddenly you find ourselves in a small town, which bewilders you . The set is like as if it has been adjusted to all this.’ (Ádám Szűcs – blog: One day in the City)

 

’Theatre is mixed with the genre of film for example in a way that the director does not apply projected images, still, the silent movies with piano accompaniment comes to my mind when I see the short scenes and hear the music in the headphones. We see short film and life etudes cut by the starting of the bus. (…) We sit on the bus of Promenade Fate tourism to have an insight in other people’s life. (…) and it slowly turns out that the runner, the girl with the dog, the shopper, the woman who got robbed or the guy cheating on his girlfriend my as well be you.’ (Klaudia Antal, Campus Online)

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