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Organised by Shoshin Theatre Association, the 3rd edition of KaravanAct Festival took place between 11-23 August in 3 cities. In 13 days, the Theatre Festival on the Road brought together a total of 6 companies from 4 countries. There were 8 performances and an amazing concert of Générique (Iszlai József and Albert-Nagy Örs). We could see performances by artists from Slovenia, Italy, Hungary and Romania in the following cities: Oradea, Satu Mare and Cluj-Napoca. Beside the theatre shows, we also enjoyed spectacular street parades.

The festival took place in the following cities:

Oradea: 11-14 August

Satu Mare: 15-18 August

Cluj-Napoca: 19-23 August

III. KaravanAct Festival

III. KaravanAct Festival
KaravanAct Székelyföldön

KaravanAct Székelyföldön

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III. KaravanAct Festival trailer (2018)

III. KaravanAct Festival trailer (2018)

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III. KaravanAct Festival - ORADEA aftermovie (2018)

III. KaravanAct Festival - ORADEA aftermovie (2018)

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III. KaravanAct Festival - SATU MARE aftermovie (2018)

III. KaravanAct Festival - SATU MARE aftermovie (2018)

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Angikam. Eastern Kaleidoscope – (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, IT)

A mix of Indian classical dance-theatre. Following the path of the 20th century’s Masters, in 1978, Teatro Tascabile started its research in Eastern scenic arts, in particular, the Indian classical dance-theatre, as a way toward a complete renewal of theatre and the art of the actor. “Eastern Kaleidoscope” is a mix of extracts by the two disciplines, continuously practiced at Tascabile: Bharata Natyam and Orissi. Their common denominator is the rigor of the technique and the legendary training of the actors, as it is described by the Nātyaśāstra, “ancient treatise on the arts”. BHARATA NATYAM: the classical Indian dance par excellence.  In ancient times it was performed in temples by holy dancers, the Devadasi, who were brought up and instructed in the arts and music solely for this purpose. Bharata is an acronym made by three syllables: bha for bhava, the feeling, ra for raga, the melody and ta for tala, the rhythm. ORISSI: its name comes from the homonymous Indian State of Orissa. It was born from the meeting of two traditions: the Mahari dancers-priestesses of Jagannath and the Gotipua, performed outside the temples by young male dancers, dressed as females.

Ave, Eva – (Regula contra Regulam, IT)

The performance investigates the possibilities of transformation, and invokes several female figures of the Scriptures, from Eve to Mary, combining dance, songs and the actors’ play. Through the female genealogy, it explores the transitions from innocence to knowledge, from error to growth, from sterility to fertility. It is a coproduction of Regula contra Regulam and the Grotowski Institute of Poland.

The Black Bull and Other Stories (Shoshin Theatre Association)

Three bandits and their companions are travelling through the villages. They arrive on stilts from far away, maybe from another era. They are telling their stories while the world keeps changing around them. Our heroes come alive outdoor, transforming the pile of stones into a magic mountain and the garden into an arena. These tales give an opportunity to meet, to exchange and share experience among friends and strangers, children and adults, old and young people.

Cavalcade. Outdoor etudes – (UBB, Faculty of Theatre and Television second-year actor students)

As the title implies, the performance is made of several elements without following a coherent dramaturgy. There appear stilts, clowns and acrobats, inviting families, both children and adults. The source materials of most of the etudes started to take shape within university classes, led by different teachers: Enikő Györgyjakab, András Hatházi, Simina Oprean, Csongor Köllő and Géza Pintér.

Circus Dobronka – (Magamura Creative Workshop, HU)

In the sleepy streets of the small town, Dobronka, shreds of old posters are flying. “What days were those, when the world famous circus arrived here…” – Aladár Vogeltanz, the local watchmaker, were contemplating in himself. “The streets of Dobronka suddenly became full of life and excitement… There were fragrance of orange blossom and sounds of trumpet in the air, while the eyes of the young ladies were sparkling and the moustaches of men were twiddled nicer than ever, and the whole world – like an old merry-go-round – were twirling for three days around the circus tent, shining into the night… I wish, I could rewind the time…” – thought the watchmaker. We pay tribute to the charm and beauty of marionette circus, the genre created by the travelling showmen of old times. This is what we recall and remember to in our play, with lion roar, aerialist somersaults, paper roses, a tamed rocking horse, live music and all the world’s miracles!

Générique – (József Iszlai & Örs Albert-Nagy)

Générique is an unusual pairing of two musicians. Their music is an aesthetic mesh of electronica, acoustic instruments (guitar, saxophone) and spoken word. The search for their personally unique directions in music defines their sound. József Iszlai produces electronic music, composed music for mixed media, works in the field of sound design. Örs Albert-Nagy is a jazz saxophonist, a rhyme enthusiast, but stays true to the inspiration of bebop and the avant-garde, as well as rap cyphers and spoken word.

The Invasion – (Kud Ljud, SI)

The show invites the passers-by to an “inter-galactic” dialogue, while pink aliens are invading the public spaces of the town. Everything is new for them, so they look freshly at the environment, familiar for the locals. Thus, the performance reflects creatively on social norms and patterns of communications, considering the public space, and blurs the boundaries between performers and spectators. The show has been performed in about 30 countries and 80 festivals.

Messieur, how embarrassing! – (Teatro tascabile di Bergamo, IT)

Bianco and Augustus are standing there – they need that little: simple clothes, a few objects, hardly any technical demands. This is the show: a dialogue made of somersaults and pretended pinches and punches. Spoken in dialect, macaronic French, highbrow Italian which contrasts dramatically with clown’s rags and boxed ears. Made of rhythm and bravura. Made of somersaults. Made of material poetry. Bianco and Augustus are clowns; which may sound a petty thing, or too trivial a theme for a show – well that’s only to those who cannot recognize the sheer complexity of comicality. This is, after all, the foundation of theatre. These two guys abuse and threat each other. They talk among themselves and only about their own business: but, as it happens with clowns, it is as if the audience was standing on stage next to them. And they – apparently intent in their own exhibited hostility and hidden fondness – may any moment stop their talking to ogle a spectator or question another. They go wrong even in the smallest things, like clowns would do; but they make it up with some acrobatics.

Streetwalker – (Kud Ljud, SI / Shoshin)

The open-air exhibition with the help of fictional curators, presents everyday objects as artworks by the simple acts of naming them and constructing an art gallery around them. The performance is formed as a guided tour in a museum, during which the “curators” invite the visitors and passers-by to a playful dialogue about the works of art, obscuring the division of fiction and reality.

Untouchables – (UtcaSzak, HU)

How can some youngsters from Borsod (Hungary) make a virtue out of social disadvantages, stand up and find protection for themselves and each other, become active in shaping their own fate within a society that lacks solidarity and transparency? These are the questions the Untouchables deals with. The performance was created in a hidden village of Irota, in the county of Borsod, using the tools of physical theatre and circus, themes of the everyday life of Cserehát and those, introduces by the young performers. As a starting point, we took the invisible theatre, a theatrical form, which is usually takes place non-expected, in the streets, maybe in houses, gardens and the surrounding places of the city or village.



Kud Ljud (Slovenia)

The performances of the group, which was established in 2006, connect organically with our surrounding reality. They invite the audience to playful social events, through which communal rituals can return into our times. The repertoire of Kud Ljud mainly consists of highly interdisciplinary performances, meant for public spaces and addressing wide groups of audience. In their shows, besides the classic tools of acting, they combine music, film, literature, electronics, gardening, techniques and methods of different sports.

Générique – (Romania)

Générique is an unusual pairing of two musicians. Their music is an aesthetic mesh of electronica, acoustic instruments (guitar, saxophone) and spoken word. The search for their personally unique directions in music defines their sound. József Iszlai produces electronic music, composed music for mixed media, works in the field of sound design. Örs Albert-Nagy is a jazz saxophonist, a rhyme enthusiast, but stays true to the inspiration of bebop and the avant-garde, as well as rap cyphers and spoken word.

Magamura Creative Workshop (Hungary)

Magamura Alkotóműhely Kft. is the “family theatre" of Szilárd and Milada Boráros, Szilárd being an internationally renowned puppet designer, Milada a puppet playwright, author and theater director.

They create puppet theater productions and lead professional workshops for independent companies and professional puppetry studios (e.g. Ziránó Theater, Mesebolt Puppet Theater, Mese Theater, Griff Puppet Theater, Hepp Trupp, Báb-Szín-Tér, etc). In their hometown Hottó (Hungary) they organize and perform several puppet events: Hottó Puppet Parade, the Hottó Carnival and the Summer Site-Specific Workshop. Magamura Alkotóműhely also works in cooperation with the Ziránó Theatre in Hottó. The Magamura Alkotóműhely was established in 2014.

Regula contra Regulam (Italy)

The main focus of the group, founded in 2012, is research and education, especially, the development of technical knowledge and visuals, and the connection between rules and border crossing within theatre. They regularly hold workshops for actors, and participate in professional forums and conferences throughout Europe, as well as conduct the pedagogic programme of the Grotowski Institute.

Teatro tascabile di Bergamo (Italy)

Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo’s peculiarity is to be a “group theatre.” Their work is based on the interaction of each member, as in renaissance art workshops: not a “company,” but a group of people cooperating in a continuative daily effort to not just produce a play, but also to work on what’s behind the play, realizing specific and autonomous creative processes not to obtain an immediate result, but to give a parallel and continuous cultural elaboration. The company has an international reputation in the field of outdoor theatre, while individual members are recognized experts of different styles of Indian dance. Reflecting on the question of why to learn Indian classical dance, Renzo Vescovi, the founder and director of the theatre, has quoted British dance critic Arnold Haskell, who defined Indian dance “the most complete and expressive of all dance systems.”

UtcaSzak (Hungary)

While creating theatre in various milieus, the work we do together with the audience after the performances, might has become even more important than the shows themselves – regarding both an elementary school in Borsod, existing in extreme poverty, a drug rehabilitation institute, a prison or reformatory and even the intellectuals of Budapest. We organise groups and camps: with the supportive collaboration of theatre and dance companies, bands and individual performers, we focus on community building. There is a strong and devoted pedagogical team behind our developer programmes, which we realise throughout the country. For our efforts, we were awarded by the Embassy of the United States (Active Citizen Award) in 2012 and by the György Ferenczi Foundation.

+ Shoshin Theatre Association’s group and the UBB, Faculty of Theatre and Television second-year actor students


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