In the original operetta adaptation of the story of The Beautiful Galatea, the animated statue breaks from its creator, developing her own feelings, over which her creator no longer has control. Suppé's work is about letting go: we cannot make others accountable for our own dreams, or shape someone to be the way we want them to be. On this occasion, Suppé's operetta comes to life on the Müpa Budapest stage under the direction of Sylvie Gábor, placing the story's conceptual framework in the context of the fantasy world of 21st century computer games.
In the tale of The Wooden Prince, the wooden doll that the prince creates in his own image takes the place of its creator. The princess chooses the wooden puppet over the real, flesh-and-blood prince, failing to notice that it only outwardly resembles him. When she realises her mistake, the prince rejects her love - forcing the princess to humble herself and remove the shackles of superficial surface impressions. With Bartók, transformation also represents a kind of purification: the prince and the princess can only be united if they dispense with outward appearances and give each other their own unadorned selves. The ballet is now exactly one hundred years old.
Presented by: Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, Müpa Budapest
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Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.