Hungarian cultural practitioners report on their activities in short impulses and provide a broad impression of the performing arts scene in Hungary. They will address the following questions: How can contemporary artistic creation continue to develop despite difficult political conditions and what solidarity strategies and alternative structures exist? And what role do transnational collaboration and cooperation play? The subsequent brunch will provide an opportunity for exchange and encounters.
With: Brigitta Kovács, Gergely Talló (Workshop Foundation Budapest), Dávid Somló (Freeszfe), Martin Boross (Stereo Akt), György Szabó (Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts), Judit Böröcz (dunaPart, Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts), Katalin Erdödi (designated artistic director Trafó), Miriam Bruns, Ágnes Lucsánszky (Goethe Institut Budapest)
Moderation: Arved Schultze (Alliance of International Production Houses)
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Duration: ca. 2 h 30 min
Gergely Talló has been the director of the Workshop Foundation – a platform for international residencies and co-productions in Budapest – since 2000. During this time he has gotten to know the representatives, problems and backgrounds of Hungarian and international contemporary art life, especially contemporary dance. In 2013, the WSF opened a center with three new dance studios and an open-plan office that can accommodate 10-12 artists/art managers at the same time. The WFS offers 50 movement-based and dance courses per week, has 4 professional dance studios in two different locations in Budapest and works with/for more than 200 artists from the local and international contemporary performing arts scene. Gergely Talló is active as a curator and expert in various international networks and projects, e.g. Aerowaves, Life Long Burning, Nature of Us, Philadelphia-Budapest-Sofia Trilateral Cultural Exchange Program and he is a partner of the Movement Research GPS Program.
Brigitta Kovács is a freelance cultural producer and has been an official partner of the Workshop Foundation since 2023. Together with Director Gergely Talló, she is responsible for international orientation and development and works as project manager of the “Life Long Burning Creative Europe” project. She also heads a management program within the WSF called “Next Stage”. The initiative aims to support the work of artist management internationally. Since 2018, she has been working with individual artists and collectives such as Beatrix Simkó, Ladder Art Company and Imre Vass. In 2021 she became a CEC ArtsLink fellow and in 2022 she was a guest at Movement Research (NYC) for a 7-week residency. Since then, she has developed and realized several exchange projects between the US and Hungary. She is the producer and co-curator of the “Hungary L!ve Festival”, an interdisciplinary festival presenting contemporary Hungarian art in New York. Her mission is to improve the precarious working conditions of artists and cultural workers in the performing arts and to initiate partnerships that contribute to more sustainable career paths.
Dávid Somló is a Budapest-based sound artist. He is an associated artist of the performance network for public space IN SITU and the Placcc Festival as well as co-director of the Performance Studies program at the alternative teaching institution FreeSZFE.
The aim of the FreeSZFE association is to create an autonomous creative space in which theater performances, films, short stories, visual design and other art can be created and which is worthy of the tradition of the former University of Theater and Film Arts (SZFE). It was founded to create space and opportunities for those who can no longer tolerate the lack of dialog and the suppression of artistic freedom. At the FreeSFZE, former and current students, teachers and staff of the SZFE work together in the name of free artistic creation. The educational activities are carried out as part of the “Emergency Exit” program. Within the framework of “EMEX”, foreign universities recognize the education at the FreeSZFE by awarding academic degrees and thus offer a way out for students and teachers who believe that the conditions of academic freedom and autonomous creative work are not given due to the reconstruction and its circumstances at the SZFE.
György Szabó has been active in the promotion of contemporary artists since the 1980s and has created numerous platforms where innovative dance productions are created and shown. He is the co-founder of two central cultural institutions in Budapest: in 1992, he established the Workshop Foundation with the aim of supporting the work of contemporary Hungarian dancers and choreographers. At the request of the Ministry, he also developed the national tendering system in the 1990s, which was in force until 2010. In 2008, he was involved in the first stages of funding a new law for the performing arts. This initiative led to the founding of Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts in 1998, a versatile contemporary venue that has developed over the years into an established platform showcasing some of the most interesting Hungarian and international music, dance, theater and circus productions.