28 February 2011
Trafó Theatre Hall
PanoDráma: Word for Word
After the three-day event entitled With Jelinek Against Racism and the first domestic performance of a Jelinek-production, Rod, Staff, and Crook – Handmade on the racist Burgenland Roma murders and the Rimini Protokoll workshop of December, the ongoing socio-political project series of the past two years that is PanoDráma has now reached its fourth installment.
Word for Word examines the facts of the series of attacks on the Roma in Hungary between the years of 2008 and 2009, including the reaction of the majority society, or rather the lack of a reaction with strictly documentary-theatrical methods. The texts used in the course of the performance are solely original materials true to the tenets of verbatim work, the length and sequence of which are determined by the performers without stylizing or rewriting the texts at all.
The performance was preceded by dozens of hours of interviews with survivors, relatives, attorneys, police officers, the leaders of the local minority government and mayors, but we also rely heavily on the statements of public figures and the ensuing media response as well.
The performance is developed through community work, during which the actors and dramaturges do the most to define the final shape of the production.
The premier of Word for Word takes place on the 10th of March at the Trafó. Our guests can catch a glimpse of this on the 28th of February.