Trap City


Participatory theatre performance for students of 8th grade, elementary school and 9-10th grade of high school

For the Insta-generation, content equals themselves. One has to be ready to create content in the form of a photo or a vlog anytime, anywhere, for the followers exclusively. However, the rising number of followers and the continuous content creation are actually difficult work and raise moral issues for which we are not prepared by big tech companies. Could I create content about one of my friends’ life in a way he/she doesn’t really know about? How far could I go in the chase for followers? To what extent am I responsible for my content? How much are likes and subscriptions worth for us? When is it considered a violation of privacy rights? The Trap City ARS performance examines these issues in the web2 area, and tries to think together with the participating youngsters.

Pre text: B.Brecht: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Based on the actors’ improvisations.

Writer, dramaturge: Bodor, Panna
Music: Kurta, Niké; Lakatos, Dániel
Assistant director: Kurta, Niké
Participating theater consultants: Bori, Viktor; Kardos, János
Director, production designer: Sereglei, András

Actor/Drama teachers: Kurta, Niké; Kárpáti, Liza; Hegedűs, Ágnes; Lakatos, Dániel; Kállai, Ákos
The performance was supported by the National Cultural Fund.

Premiere: 9th, October, 2018

Playtime: ca. 120′

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