Photo: Dusa Gábor
Premier: 2011. February 24.

Propaganda forces free speech to speak in his vocabulary, so free speech looses her voice and dies. The performers make speeches during her funeral to define their personal engagement about the actual political situation. They search for their desires and awake free speech in the intimany of a pillow talk.

The performance is a a highly poetic ode to the power of taking a time break, of sleeping, but not forgetting, of the power of a young generation which is still not defined by the system and our desire to get out of the system. At the same time it is an attempt to make slow theatre as a way out to to the seduction of propaganda, a slowing down of the senses and the manipulation of meaning. We understand propaganda as an oracle of slogans, that make you wonder how you react on it and reveals who you are.

The performance is bilingual in a manipulative way, there are Hungarian and English texts, but there is hardly a direct and correct translation.

PROPAGANDA! is a co-production of The Symptoms with the Dutch-Austrian artist duo “united sorry” (Frans Poelstra & Robert Steijn). It is a sequel to a research project by united sorry (“lost in space” Brut Vienna, 2010, “Holy Shit”, Vienna, 2010) to explore different answers to counterattack one dimensional slogans. A series of collaborations are planned with different groups in different countries. The project aims at making a catalogue of the specific tools and strategies of political propaganda and using them as a creative means of changing the political debates in Europe.

“united sorry” is a collaboration between Frans Poelstra and Robert Steijn. Besides works for the theatre, they also produce performances for galleries, museums, festival-openings and -endings. Their work emphasizes the necessity of playfulness in imagination, actions, and thinking, but they also want to stimulate the ability to listen to the senses, and they can't help it to make a reflecting kind of poetry related to topics that are in the center of the public debate (within the art-field or in the mass media). 
The duo is based in Vienna and Amsterdam. Their work has been shown at theaters and galleries in various countries in Europe and the USA. They also give workshops and collaborate with other artists.

The blog of the project: 

Co-production partner: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, MU Theatre

Directed by: united sorry (Frans Poelstra, Robert Steijn)  Performers: István Gőz, László Kövesdi, Réka Szabó, Ármin Szabó-Székely, Dániel Szász, Zsófia Tamara Vadas, Imre Vass Lights and space: Attila Szirtes 
Graphic design: Eszter Laki 
Assistant: Ármin Szabó-Székely 
Special thanks: Péter Lengyel 
Co-production partner: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, MU Theatre 
Sponsors: National Cultural Fund, Committee of the Budapest City General Assembly, NEFMI, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hungary, Florian Workshop – Moving House Fundation