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Transitions 3. Central Europe

11-29 NOV 2015
Following on from the Balkans and Latin America, it’s the turn of the radical, independent Central European scene to ‘occupy’ the OCC this November. Transitions 3 opens with the world première of Árpád Schilling’s new and eagerly-awaited play, “Day of fury”.
The alternative theatre beside the old railway station in Zilina, Slovakia, built by volunteers in 2009, with beercrates and an overpass for a ceiling; the post-industrial space of Łaźnia Nowa a few kilometres outside Krakow, squeezed between monolithic blocks of Socialist housing in Nowa Huta, which was once the industrial heart of Communist Poland; the Komuna Warszawa, a dynamic activist scene in the depressed suburb of Praga on the right bank of the Vistula, where the Soviet Army watched on in 1944 as the Nazis turned Warsaw into rubble…

On my research trips to Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia –the four Central European nations that came together in 1991 to form the Visegrad Group– History dogged my every step. Apart from the often ambiguous memorial spaces created in the post-Communist period in an attempt to deal nationally with past traumas –the Warsaw Uprising Museum, for instance, or the House of Terror Museum at 60 Andrássy street in Budapest, just metres from Heroes’ Square, historical narratives always lie at the heart of the independent Central European scene. Alongside them, we find issues like nationalism, freedom of expression, human rights, unemployment, racism, the demythification of national symbols, the weakening of taboos, guilt and victimisation.

Invited to Athens for the 3d Transitions festival, Central Europe’s new generation of artists balance between the classic texts of their formidable literary traditions and mixed, experimental forms which inhabit the grey zone between film, theatrical installation, performance, dance and documentary theatre. For the artists taking part in Transitions 3 the theatre is above all else a political act. They have experienced the abrupt shift to ‘unfettered capitalism’ and the free market at first hand, and their theatre plays an active role in –and adopts a clear stance on– the public discourse on social, ideological and economic issues.

The OCC’s geopolitical festival starts on 11 November with the world premiere of the new play from Árpád Schilling and the renowned Krétakör theatre company from Budapest. The play is entitled Day of Fury and it is a radical ‘comedy with musical and catharsis’ for the citizens abandoned to their fate in today’s Europe. This third and final cycle of Transitions includes performances, seminars, discussions, readings, screenings and a pair of important invitees from the two previous cycles: Dan Perjovschi, a leading figure in Rumanian activism and politicized art whom we met at the first –Balkan– Transitions, is returning to the OCC with a new visual intervention, while Lola Arias from Buenos Aires, who opened last year’s festival dedicated to Latin America, will be returning on 17 November with a show in the form of an audience centring on collective memory and political participation.
 
Katia Arfara
Artistic Director of the Transitions Festival

TRANSITIONS 3. CENTRAL EUROPE
Festival’s Concept and Artistic Direction: Katia Arfara
General Production Management: Dimitra Dernikou
General Technical Management: Lefteris Karabilas
Line Production: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos
Parallel Events & Symposium Research and Coordination: Marina Troupi
Educational Programmes Coordination: Myrto Lavda
INCLUDED IN CIRCLE

11 - 29 Nov 2015

VISUAL ARTS

Transitions Central Europe: Dan Perjovschi

11 - 12 Nov 2015

21:00 Main Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: The Day of Fury Árpád Schilling

13 - 15 Nov 2015

21:00 Outside the OCC (3-5 Kolokotroni str., Athens)
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Frankenstein-Project Proton Theatre

13 Nov 2015

18:00 Main Stage
Free admission

CINEMA

Transitions Central Europe: Hommage to Kornél Mundruczó's Cinema

14 - 15 Nov 2015

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Our Secrets Béla Pintér

17 Nov 2015

18:00 Main Stage
Free admission

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Audition for a demonstration Lola Arias

21 - 22 Nov 2015

21:00 Main Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Magnificat Marta Górnicka

21 - 22 Nov 2015

19:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

DANCE

Transitions Central Europe: Mraky / Clouds Handa Gote Research & Development

25 - 26 Nov 2015

21:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Melodrama Eszter Salamon

25 - 26 Nov 2015

19:00 Main Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

DANCE

Transitions Central Europe: Process Dora Sulženko Hoštová, Jan Čtvrtník

27 - 28 Nov 2015

Upper Stage
Free admission

TALKS & THOUGHTS

Transitions | Symposium: Perfect Harmony Recent Art and Politics in Eastern Europe

28 - 29 Nov 2015

Cost: 20 €

ADULTS

Transitions Central Europe: Inventory of Powerlessness

28 - 29 Nov 2015

21:00 Main Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Ivona, Princess of Burgundia Krzysztof Garbaczewski

28 - 29 Nov 2015

19:00 Upper Stage
Full price: 10 €   
Reduced: 5 €
Small groups (5-9 people): 9 €  
Large groups (10+ people): 8 €
People with disabilities: 4 € -
Companions: 5 €
Unemployed: 4 €

THEATRE

Transitions Central Europe: Small Narration Wojtek Ziemilski