Photo: Dusa Gábor
Premier: 2004. January 27.

You can all stay home, for all I care. I don’t want to be nice. I’ve got nothing in my hands, not even kind words, to lure you to this place.

All I’ve got is this great yearning in my heart to get rid of all this junk, all the building blocks of my deliberately sheltered existence.

We hoard our junk-heap within us, carrying it about with mounting weariness, fumbling miserably among the wreckage of our lives.

„Hungarian contemporary dance recently gave birth to a new genre we might call singles ballet. Although the athletic figure enacted by choreographer-performer Réka Szabó could be the envy of the slightly overweight Bridget Jones, the two have so much in common in terms of their fate and innermost qualities that they would surely understand each other on the subject of clearing one’s spiritual attic, without the help of an interpreter. This is because Szabó is an accomplished interpreter of sorts herself, doing a superb job translating verbal messages into motion, and vice versa. In the first part of her one-act performance entitled Clearing the Attic, her message is acted out by three dancers. In the second part, the same sequence is performed by the choreographer herself, with the difference that she recites a protracted monologue accompanying her movements.” 
(Kutszegi Csaba, Magyar Hírlap, 2004)

„Over the years, Réka Szabó has distinguished herself by a special brand of intelligence, subtle humor often verging on the absurd, and a deep subjectivity coupled with elegant understatement. All these elements are combined in novel ways in Clearing the Attic.” 
(Halász Tamás: Színház, 2004)

The piece was invited to the Ars Poetica Festival, in Bratislava.

Clearing the attic  //  solo

The second part of the piece is a solo of Réka Szabó, in 20 minutes.

The piece garnered an award at the 2007 Budapest Fringe Festival, and has been invited to the Bratislava in Movement Festival in Slovakia.

Directed by: Réka Szabó

Choreography, dance: Vera Jarovinszkij, Andrea Nagy, Anna Réti, Réka Szabó

Music: DJ Mangó, Albert Márkos, Márton Németh - Eastend Studio

Lights: Gerzson Péter Kovács

Text: Ádám Petri Lukács, Réka Szabó

Costume: Sosa Juristovszky

Sponsors: L1 Independent Dancers’ Partnership, National Cultural Fund, Committee of the Budapest City General Assembly