The emergence of physical theatre in Hungary

Barok, Andrea (2021) The emergence of physical theatre in Hungary. MRes thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis is informed by Santana’s embodiment theory (2006) and Lívia Fuchs’ idea that all “artists have their roots and predecessors” (Fuchs in Várszegi, 1994: 61). I have explored the political, social and cultural circumstances in Hungary from the end of World War II (1945) in order to understand how the role of the performing body on stage has changed and how this led to the appearance of physical theatre as a genre during the 1990s. The aim of this research has been to understand what the roots of this practice are, what it means for a Hungarian audience and how it has evolved in contemporary Hungarian theatre. Using qualitative research methods, I have conducted in-depth interviews with four practitioners. First, I investigated Csaba Horváth’s career and his working methods in order to understand how he and his company (Forte Company) became identified with the genre of physical theatre in Hungary and what these forms meant to him. I then examined the work of three directors (Kristóf Widder, Máté Hegymegi and Attila Soós), who were Horváth’s students in the Theatre Director - Specialization in: Director and Choreographer of Physical Theatre programme at The University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest (2009-2014). My analysis of their working method has been important in order to see how they have constructed the tools and, therefore, the genre of physical theatre according to their own training, aesthetics and compositional forms. This research has enabled me to understand how physical theatre has evolved in contemporary Hungarian theatre practice in respect to its historical roots and lineage.

Item Type: Thesis (MRes)
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Hungary, physical theatre, Csaba Horváth.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Supervisor's Name: Murray, Dr. Simon and Heinrich, Prof. Anselm and Varga, Dr. Zsuzsanna
Date of Award: 2021
Depositing User: Mrs Andrea Barok
Unique ID: glathesis:2021-82187
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 12:33
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 14:36
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.82187

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