CELEBRATION OF JOY - performance based on Johann Sebastian Bach's secular cantatas


In German, with Hungarian surtitles
Performance based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s secular cantatas
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Loyal subjects are arriving for the celebration in honour of the ruler. In order to express their veneration, they create a theatrical production in which they themselves are the actors. They act out the story of Hercules. The hero must decide: will he follow the path of virtue, or will he continue to live for enjoyment?

Bach composed his secular cantatas mostly for distinguished occasions: coronations and other political events, weddings, births and name days. Their subject was love, and most often the glorification of the age and the unconditional devotion felt for the ruler, which frequently comes to life in an allegorical or mythological story. But from behind the seeming idyllic hymns of peace, there also emerges a picture of an era of decline. Sometimes with melancholy, and sometimes with humour.

This production attempts to create a unique musical montage where passages from the cantatas come to life as a unified whole in a story conceived by its creators.

Partners: University of Theatre an Film Arts / Hungarian University of Fine Arts

Course/department heads: Tamás Ascher, Eszter Novák, György Selmeczi (musical theatre directing course); Magdolna Jákfalvi, Péter Kárpáti, László Upor (theatre dramaturg course) / Edit Zeke (Scenography Department)

General cast

Conductor
Péter Oberfrank
Featuring
Péter Balczó / Krisztián Cser / Marcell Bakonyi / Gabriella Busa / Nóra Ducza / Rita Rácz

Credits

Director
Jakab Tarnóczi univ.stud.
Librettist
Johann Christoph Clauder / Christian Friedrich Hunold / “Picander” (pseudonym of Christian Friedrich Henrici)
Set and costume designer
Anna Mikes univ.stud.
Dramaturg
Zsófi Kukk univ.stud.
Hungarian surtitles
Melánia Miklós

Premiere
May 11, 2018

Events

2018. May 11., Fri, 19:00
2018. May 15., Tue, 19:00

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