contemplations on impermanence through music and dance
Dézsi Kata / Gemza Péter / Ishii Junya Kovács Márton - violin / Mezei Szilárd - viola / Márkos Albert - violoncello Keszei Borbála - costumes / Payer Ferenc - light Special thanks to Zsófia Jávor and Gabriella Mesterházy
2013, May 22-23 - Szkéné theatre, Budapest
The performance is an attempt to unravel and convey the message of JISEI (farewell and death poetry composed by zen monks, samurai and haiku poets on the verge of death) through the theatrical language of music and dance. Shohi, the composer of the jisei ‘Asagao’ died at the age of 79 on the fourteenth day of the eight month in 1750. The morning glory (asagao) is a creeper that blooms around August in various colours. It blossoms at dawn and withers on the same day, hence the Japanese name Asagao (literally ‘morning face’) and the ephemeral flower symbolises impermanence.
Directed by JOZEF NADJ, Music composed by: SZILARD MEZEI
Performers: Jozef Nadj, Gyork Szakonyi, Ishii Junya, Gyula Francia, Enike Budai, Akos Kalmar, Peter Gemza Musicians: Szilard Mezei, Branislav Aksin, Kornel Papista, Bogdan Rankovic, Albert Markos, Ervin Malina, Istvan Cik
Length of 100 Needles is a compelling and surrealistic performance in masks accompanied by live music. The title comes from an old Hungarian saying meaning to labour in vain. Josef Nadj plays a magician. Objects, sounds, spaces and people change their meaning and function at each moment on stage - in an almost imperceptible way. Still, deep down, they all remain themselves in this perpetual variation. Despite his use of myth, iconography and discontinuity, the characters become familiar and personal. In Josef Nadj's theatre everything is being born, changing and fluctuating right before our eyes. Even those components which are certainly constructed beforehand seem to be created at that very moment. The composition and improvisation in the dance and music form an exceptional unity rarely experienced in the theatre.
Video by: Attila Ivan
HORIZON Site Specific performance Perform: Junya Ishii, Video: Daniel Szandtner Recorded at Hortobagy National Park Hungary