The original meaning of utopia is the place that is not there – it does not exist in reality, but in our desires. We would like to believe that there is a livable, better-equipped world.
We all live in smaller or larger communities, either in isolation or in a metropolis. Our world is changing from year to year with enormous steps and we need to adapt. Technological achievements and digital evolution are as unstoppable as global warming, accumulation of garbage on the planet, in the oceans and even in space. Migration is a global phenomenon that faces enormous amounts of health, social, political and individual problems day by day. But at the same time it is easier to forget about all these difficulties.
Why do we feel in trouble? UTOPIA is an absurd world in which we symbolize the strange feeling in a symbolic or direct way, for example, when we experience intolerance towards other cultural values. When we see rejection of the vulnerability of natural values around us. When aggression is the answer to different thinking. We are approaching the problems with bittersweet self-irony, because we are also part of them. We do not point finger, we do not complain, we want to open taps.
For the essential, real, human things, we are all the same in all parts of the world: we love, we are bound, we are angry, we fear, discover, rejoice, or disappoint, believe and deny, learn, travel, work; it’s so good to laugh and relax, we love to belong somewhere or just be good to ourselves. But the chaos is enormous. Why is it so difficult to be together, to be with each other, to live together?
“For nearly two years I haven’t created new performance. It’s been a long creative break, it was important that I could look at my work from a distance, also myself and the world that surrounds me. I had time to think about the present. Now I am working with a completely new team, youngs and olders, more experienced and „just-released-out-of-school” twenty year old people; with definitely different personalities. This what interests me, I’ve put this emphasis on diversity, the diversity of people in this very unsteady, changable present. I’m looking forward to exploring the future, how people will live, and whether we can influence it. I hope, we can.” – Eva Duda
Artists / performers: Márton Csuzi, Júlia Gaál, Gábor Ivanov, Artúr Kálid, Katalin Lőrinc, Réka Rácz, Krisztina Sessi, Benjámin Taba, Laura Tóth, Orsolya Vitárius, Zenó Ádám Weinemer
Music producer: Jeromos Kovács
Costume: Julcsi Kiss
Lighting designer: Péter Gerzson Kovács
Consultant: Anna Veress
Production Assistant: Bea Csák
Production Manager: Barbara Czveiber
Concept and direction: Eva Duda
Co-production with the Trafo Contemporary Arts House
Special thanks to: Juli Balázs, Tamás Bányai, József Pető, Rózsa Szabó, András Táborosi, János Szabó, Dániel Dömölky