Munkácsy Eszter & Ziggurat Project: ANXIETY
„The world is not so bad as we perceive it from the media. They just manipulate us and burn pictures into our head about a war far away. So why is that anxiety? From where do all the nightmares come?
Some radical actions throughout Europe… generating chaos. We know well that probably much more people die in a car accident or from diabetes. But we are still frightened… fear about a third round… a war that will probably reach Europe or it has already done. But what do we exactly know about a war?
Dali paintings come to my mind about body parts, strange creatures in reddish and blue dreary landscapes. Surreal images change each other at night. What are we afraid of? The unknown. The manipulation. The eye-wash made by various interests.”
Our goal is to build a unique world in which voice and gesture complete and support each other to tell stories, display situations, ask questions and seek for the answers. The three dancers and the real time – with loopers and effects - created music generate an organic unit and show a world floating on the border of reality and dream.
Central topic of the performance is the constantly present latent tension of today's Western societies, which is primarily generated by terrorist threat and prospect of a possible war. As now several generations brought up with no direct experience of war, Western Europe lives in a kind of illusory peace, often ignoring the horrors taking place only a few thousand kilometers away from us. While the media constantly reports about events taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, the majority of people simply refuses to deal with these events as events happening with real people, instead they experience them as a kind of alternate reality. However, the less of talking about this issue, and even its repression, unconsciously leads the whole society to frustration, fear and anxiety.
I anxiety I fear I collective guilt I war I nightmare I surrealistic I policy I religion I xenophobia I culture I manipulation I ignorance I unknown I mentality I interest
Singing / sound / loop: Eszter Munkácsy
Choreography: Flóra Eszter Sarlós
Dancers: Ádám Bot, Emese Kovács, Flóra Eszter Sarlós
Visual: Malvina Antal
Light desing: Balázs Szabon
Dramaturgy: Máté Czakó
Photo: Sam Matysen
Premier: 29th May, 2017, Budapest, Trafó studio (Antré)
6th October 2017, Tabačka Kulturfabrik, Košice
6th February 2018, Central European University, Budapest
Supporters: Workshop Foundation, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Antré program, NKA, Sín Arts and Culture Center, L1 Association, Pro Progressione