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The Creation of Reality

Thoughts on the Theatre Performance Petőfi-rock of the Szegedi Egyetemi Színpad (Szeged University Theatre) and on the Paradox of Student Acting

Author(s): Gabriella Kiss
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, History of Art
Published by: Játéktér Egyesület
Keywords: Hungarian neoavantgarde theatre; Paál István;Petőfi-rock;Szeged University Theatre; Szegedi Egyetemi Színpad

Summary/Abstract: The study of theatre historian Gabriella Kiss focuses on a paradigmatic performance of Hungarian neo-avantgarde theatre. The theatre performance titled Petőfi-rock, presented in 1973, has definitively transformed the Szeged University Theatre (Szegedi Egyetemi Színpad), functioning under the direction of István Paál since autumn 1968, into a cultural formation determined by the political power to accept a political speech situation. The author discusses this thesis from the perspective of community theatre and theatre education. In other words, she examines one of the greatest legends of the Hungarian “theatre of alterity” while also researching an aspect of its canon-forming function that is different from the director-centred experimental theatre. She starts from the premise that the Petőfi-rock show, which was awarded the second prize at the amateur talent show Szóljatok szép szavak – Petőfi Sándorról (Beautiful Words, Resound! On Petőfi Sándor), represents an important chapter, which is rich in art historical experiences, not only of the history of Hungarian directorial theatre, but of student theatre as well.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 19-35
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian