Megtart, nemenged (Pozsony, Szlovákia)

Keeping, not letting go

Keeping, not letting go

Our story is about three youngsters, who leave their parents’ house at the doorstep of adulthood and move into the city. Our main characters, leaving their childhood behind, want to break out from their parents’ control, the suffocating bond of their home, have a desire for freedom to bring their force to the proof. In the new environment they are getting closer to each other, the diversity of their family background and nationality color up the weekdays. At the new place the differences make them feel special, unique and exceptional. However, when they face intense ethical and emotional challenges, the differences of their family traditions and the tension of their home’s bond create a growing pressure and distance between the youngsters.

In our performance we search the answers together with the participating students through the power of dance and theatre, how the family traditions influence our own decisions and at the end of the day, our life course.

Dancers: Eszter Oláh, Veronika Sebő, Ági Varsányi, Viktor Baranyai, András Lantos, Bence Hégli

Actors/drama teachers: Katalin Kuklis, Kristóf Horváth, Nóra Czuczor

Scenery, costume, visual: Gabriella Kiss
Choreographer: Dusan Hégli
Dramaturgist: Edit Romankovics
Participatory theatre expert: János Kardos
Director: András Sereglei

Running time: appr. 150 mins

The performance is a co-production of Ifjú Szívek Táncszínház (Slovakia), Vekker Műhely (Slovakia), and Káva Kulturális Műhely.


The complex theatre in education (TiE) performance is a theatrical education program, in which theatre scenes, episodes and related conversations, as well as specific interactive art forms are joined in an organic way to further process and think a story. The topic of the performance is always a moral/social problem, which examines humans as social beings living in the present. It is a genre in which the viewer is placed in the centre, and the creating presence of the viewer has become a method. The aim is not to convey the message in these performances, but to focus on the dilemma. The creators try to emphasise a question or a problem, where examination from multiple perspectives is inevitable. A forum is created, where opinions can be negotiated, different thoughts can be confronted in order to establish a dialogue between the participants. It is a dialogue between students sitting in the same classroom, students and adults with different values, worldviews. These performances can also be perceived as performative social interventions.

Explanatory and related concepts: interactive theatre / applied theatre / performative method / theatrical education / complex theatrical educational performance / social intervention / drama pedagogy / participation theatre / TiE – Theatre in Education / theatre pedagogy / political theatre / constructivist pedagogy / non-formal education / community theatre