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Imitation of Life

Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre

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This multi-award-winning performance has enthralled audiences and critics, bringing international acclaim to the Hungarian independent company Proton Theatre. Directed by the renowned theatre and lm director Kornél Mundruczó, awarded in Cannes and in Locarno, Imitation of Life exposes the banality of human life and the chaos of our world. In this play, inspired by a real story, an executor arrives to evict a single woman from her Budapest at, but an unexpected twist prevents him from carrying out his plan. While he finds himself forced to examine his own conscience, it also becomes clear that the derelict at hides dark secrets which the new ten- ants must face... Do we choose our fates or are our lives predestined? A powerful performance, which acts as a parable about the absence of empathy and pervasive injustice of our times.

Kornél Mundruczó (1975, Hungary) is a renowned European film, theatre and opera director, whose creations are presented at the most prestigious festivals all over the world. After studying at the Hungarian University of Film and Drama, he began working for the stage in 2003. During the creative process he aims to build a team in which the actors work as creative partners. In 2009 he founded his independent theatre company, Proton Theatre, together with theatre producer Dóra Büki. He was nominated for the Faust Award in 2017 for his outstanding directorial achievement with Proton Theatre’s Imitation of Life. He has directed opera since 2003. The Makropulos Affair, which premiered in the Flemish Opera in Antwerp, was nominated for the International Opera Award in the category Best New Production. In 2003 he also made his debut as film director, at the Cannes Film Festival. That same year, he founded the film production company Proton Cinema Ltd with Viktória Petrányi, his long-time artistic collaborator. His third feature film, Johanna – an operatic adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc – was presented in 2005, in the independent Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Festival. In 2014 his sixth feature film, White God, won the main prize in the same section at Cannes. His first English-language feature, Pieces of a Woman, was in Competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. His film Evolution, which was inspired by the theatre production of the same title of Proton Theatre, premiered in the new section of 2021 Cannes Film Festival, called Cannes Premiere.

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Performance in Hungarian with Italian and English surtitles

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Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Written by: Kata Wéber
With: Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Borbála Péterfy, Zsombor Jéger, Dáriusz Kozma
Set: Márton Ágh
Costume: Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán
Light: András Éltető
Dramaturg: Soma Boronkay
Music: Asher Goldschmidt
Assistant director: Anna Fehér
Producer: Dóra Büki
Production manager: Luca Kövécs
Production assistant: Ágota Kiss
Technical director: András Éltető
Light technician: Zoltán Rigó
Sound technician:  Dániel Hidvégi, Zoltán Halmen
Stage master: Benedikt Schröter, Jachya Freeth
Prop master: Gergely Nagy
Stage hand: Zsolt Zsigri, Tamás Zsigri, Tamás Hódosy
Coproduced by: Wiener Festwochen, Vienna; Theater Oberhausen; La Rose des Vents, Lille; Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg/Scène européenne; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany; Wiesbaden Biennale
Supported by: KUBIK Coworking, Kryolan City, Open Casting, PP Business Centre - Budapest, VisionTeam

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Friday, November 26 2021, 6.30pm
Saturday, November 27 2021, 6.30pm

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