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or the Euphoria of Being
Sea Lavender — or the Euphoria of Being
In this duet of two women, a 90-year-old Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor teams up with a young dancer.
Éva is a passionate pleasure-seeker, while Emese is bent of saving the world. Éva never says good-bye, while Emese enjoys coming home. What connects them is the common language of dance. One of the last witnesses of the Holocaust, Éva has kept her clothes she wore as a young woman, and they fit Emese to a tee. Emese is tall; Éva likes to believe she has remained so. They look alike.
What is at stake in this piece is the question of whether the boundary between their two worlds is really permeable. Can personal experience be passed on? Or, conversely, is it possible to grasp the problems of a young person today by someone carrying such a heavy baggage of a long life as Éva does? In short, is it feasible for these two to share the stage for a Grand Dance Duet?
“When you look back on your life in old age, you are like a wayfarer standing on a peak and surveying the land below. You take in everything in one glance, the near and the far. But precisely because everything comes into your view simultaneously, the planes of time do not cohere into some kind of chronological order before you, but are thrust upon one another with blurred outlines. “
(Éva Fahidi: A Dolgok Lelke — The Soul of Things)
The rehearsal process, interspersed by snapshots of Éva’s life, has been recorded in a community-sponsored documentary film now being edited.
*The Hungarian sea lavender (Limonium gmelinii ssp. hungaricum) is not an agricultural crop but a species of tart-scented flower of the leadwort family native to Hungary that used to thrive for miles and miles on the arid steppes around Debrecen, where it successfully adapted to alkaline soils. (Its Hungarian name of sóvirág literally translates as “salt flower.”)
- MOST Monodrama and Studio Theatre Festival, Tatabánya (HU) "Best Studio Performance" (2016)
- Festival of Contemporary Dance, Veszprém (HU) "Special Award" (2016)
- Award of Theater Critics "Special Award" (2016)
International touring/festival appearances:
- TAK Theatre im Aufbau Haus, Berlin (D)
- Die Schotte Theatre, Erfurt (D)
- DOCK11, Berlin (D) - III. Hungarian Contemporary Dance Festival
Performers: Emese Cuhorka, Éva Fahidi. Directed by Réka Szabó. Dialogue: Krisztián Peer, Anna Zsigó. Lighting: Attila Szirtes.
Costume: Edit SzÃ»cs
Special accessory: Janka Haraszti
Funders: Ministry of Human Resources, National Cultural Fund
Photo: Csaba MÃ©szÃ¡ros