Ágnes Nemes Nagy was the first female Hungarian poet who absolutely no one ever succeeded in patronising or pigeonholing on account of her gender. She dedicated her life to her cause, bravely fighting for the truth with her head held high - equitably, elegantly and intelligently.
She was not beholden to emotions, she did not carry love to the other shore. Instead, she salvaged statues and the human-faced, self-carved gods. The fulfilment of our knowledge and our moral stance as a momento of lucky and less fortunate times. Even today, her qualities stand tall, unblemished, still visible from afar. She demonstrated us pure ideals and bore both the weight of rationality and the temptation of mysticism, while never once losing her internal standards, faith or common se...nse. Instead of raising Nemes Nagy on a pedestal, this event will show her human side alongside her image as a poet, from her childhood as a ponytailed girl to her wild and devoted love, her mature friendships, her travels and the malaise of old age. It will illuminate the mark of femininity and Transylvanian heritage to be found in her poems, as well as the sharpening of her sensuality, the feeling of suffocation and political pressure, the trials of attempting to organise her literature, her humour, playfulness, anger, faith and faithfulness, and also her fear and pain - the fascinatingly beautiful arc and the background details of a rich and exemplary career. Anna Szabó T. discovered the poet for herself as a teenager. She learnt the whole of Nemes Nagy's Összegyűjtött versek (Collected Poems) by heart, and today would gladly hand every (female) student a copy of the book so they can learn to write and live from it - boldly, forcefully, freely.
The images projected in this production are the property of the Petőfi Museum of Literature.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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