Clowns, prostitutes and dancers joined by puppets, painters and poets brought vividly to life, along with exuberant music and spectacular sets: this is what the Krisztián Gergye Company's production Lautrec Shall Dance promises. Storming across the absurd, end-of-the-world stage that was turn-of-the-century Paris are everybody who counted and everybody who didn't, promising a wild, ironic and absurd fiesta for the audience. The production is a kind of forced entertainment whose genre is defined... as cabaret grotesque, and also serves as a monument that sheds light on the nature of mortality when the soul remains immortal and the eternal human questions spanning history.
Featured in the live musical production will be - among others - the renowned coloratura soprano Klára Kolonits, musical director Philipp György, puppeteers and dancers (including director and choreographer Krisztián Gergye himself), employing the diversity of genres that the company is known for. The performers portray renowned artists of decisive importance in the Montmarte art scene of the 1900s, including Aristide Bruant, Vincent van Gogh, Mademoiselle Cha-U-Kao, Chocolate, La Goulue, Valentin le Désossé, Oscar Wilde, Yvette Guilbert and naturally Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec himself.
This total art performance which, with self-ironic humour goes beyond social criticism, seeks out the most profound tragedy of the clown. Through the contrasts between entertainment and the vulnerability of the stage and between true freedom and licentiousness, we ask questions about the essence of our human nature.
A joint production of Müpa Budapest, the Krisztián Gergye Company and the National Dance Theatre.
Sponsored by: National Dance Theatre, National Cultural Fund, Ministry of Human Capacities
Presented by: National Dance Theatre
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