Eastern Bloc

3600 Ft
discounted: 3200 Ft
student: 2600 Ft
Trafo passes are accepted

The Eastern Bloc catwalk concert explores the socialist-communist past of Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland in an international co-production. Featuring extravagant costumes and vocal music accompanied by electronics, the performance gives a glimpse into a full day of a fictional country's only national TV channel on a special national holiday, Unification Day.

Catwalk concerts are a new performing arts genre somewhere between theatre, choral concert and extreme fashion show. The performances are themed and feature a group of performers who present vibrant, innovative, storytelling costumes on a catwalk-like stage, while singing contemporary compositions written for the scenes. In this way, the music and the costumes themselves become the two main art forms that dominate the stage, creating a new arena for theatre.
The Eastern Bloc draws on aspects of the social, aesthetic and everyday life of the communist-socialist era in the various Visegrad countries. Together with the artists from each country, we have created a project that speaks of our common past, with reference to the societies of the present and even the future. The aim is not to evoke nostalgia for the socialist era, but to initiate a dialogue between countries and different generations - who have very different memories of this period - and to reflect on how our common heritage lives on in our present and raises relevant questions for our lives today.

Catwalk Concert Productions proposes a brand-new concept created in 2015 by costume designer Fruzsina Nagy and music composer and conductor Dóra Halas to define the collaborative performances that do not strictly fit into any of the consecrated categories of the performing arts. In Hungary, the artist duo collaborates with the experimental choir Soharóza. Soharóza improvises with the human voice, language and movement, exploring different areas from folk music to composed pieces, constantly searching for new forms and sounds.

TV-moderátor: Pethő Kata
Members of Soharóza:
Al-Farman Petra/Eckhard Fanni
Asbóth Szaffi/Perényi Luca
Biksz Judit/Tamási Borbála
Birtalan Ilona Liliána/Rácz Dóra
Bogdán Tamás/Szilvay Máré
Eörsi Sarolta/Nagy Lilla
Jankó Dániel/Sipos András
Karosi Roland/Kégl Lóránt
Kertész Endre/Tárnoki Tamás
Lokody Ákos
Lovász Ákos
Majkut Sarolta/Nagy Zsófia
Nagy Kata/ Simon Júlia
Remes Zsófia/Sebők Anna
Somogyi László/Szalontai Bálint

Music: Halas Dóra, Lovász Ákos
Music design: Lovász Ákos
Text: Eörsi Sarolta, Dora Kaplarova (CZ), Orsolya Matejčuk (SK), Veress Anna, Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo (PL)
Dramaturge: Veress Anna
Costume designers: Nagy Fruzsina, Zuzana Hudekova (SK), Dorota Kuźniarska (PL), Simona Rybakova (CZ)
Assistants to the costume designer: Győri Bianka, Mészáros Dominika, Veronika Keresztesová, Grzegorz Łabuda
Set designer: Balázs Judit
Choreography: Joanna Jaworska-Maciaszek (PL)
Video: Bredán Máté, Šimon Caban (CZ)
Light designer: Jan Ptacin (SK)
Technical director: Kiefer Tibor
Assistant to the technikal director: Kégl Lóránt
Sound: Szabó M. Viktor
Manager: Karnics Alina
Communication: Sipos András
Assistants to the directors: Laky Diána
Directed by: Halas Dóra és Nagy Fruzsina

Az előadás a Visegrádi Alap, a Telekom és a Trafó támogatásával jött létre

The performance is created in the framework of the Liberty international partnership with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

Eastern Bloc Visegrad Fund
Eastern Bloc Creative Europe Programme EN
Eastern Bloc Liberty Festival
Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 16h-22h
  • studio and club performance days: 16h-20h30
  • other days: 16h-20h
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • Performance days: 4-10pm.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 4pm-7pm.
  • Closed on Mondays.
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