Friday, August 23, 2013

questionnaire with participant Lengyel Katalin (HU)


Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
I live here.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?

Could you share with us if have any idols in theater/dance life?
No idols. No favourites. 

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
I am organizing the Frissek Minifestival that started in 2011 in Budapest and attempts to show the newest ideas of emerging artists from every kind of performing arts. Each artist has 10 minutes to present his/her ideas and after each show there is a 10 minutes break when a dj plays. It is an easy-going social event with the intension of sharing and enjoying creativity in a set structure together. This time the Minifestival has the special focus on L1 members and resident artists. They will have the opportunity to show their latest work to the public in 10 minutes.

Do you have your arsittic statement, could you share with us?
Enjoy what I do. Every moment.

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
Reading, making short videos for Frissek Minifestival and hiking.

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I studied literature and linguistics before studying dance. I also have an MA in it. After that I studied dance in Linz and got a BA in it. Both of them were important steps in my life and shaped my idea about the world and myself in it. For some years I have been dealing with trying to combine these knowledges and I think I have succeeded. At the moment I am working on our new production with my collaborator. Our name is Bandart Productions and we aim to create performances that combine dance and new media.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
With my collaborator we premiered our first show in Liverpool and showed it in several festivals in Europe. Was hard work but great fun. I cannot tell which show was the best, I guess it only matters that we had the chance to perform it and travel with it. I also got to see many good shows in these festivals and made some friends. 

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
Yes, it does. The audience is different wherever you go, not to mention that we gain more and more experience by performing in different set ups. 

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
Every kind of feedback. Good and bad. Both of them can help. Normally, we have directed questions but audience is free to say whatever they feel like. 

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
I read critics and I hope it stays constructive instead of being emotional.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
Once I had to write about my experiences as part of my scholarship program. In this I wrote about some performances.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
I love community but I am also afraid of it.
Getting closer always feels good.
Exchange is the most important part of the artistic work.
We have to find our faith instead of finding religion.
Nation nowadays is a negative word for me in the current Hungarian political situation. 
A hug can solve most of the problems.
Performing is performing is performing.
Popular is a swear word for some but I think it is only a fake intellectual bullshit.
I would eat either home made food or organic food all the time if I could.
No sense can make sense.
Good quality in everything means good life.
Frissek Minifestival is about sharing creativity and inspiration!
Face your monsters and everything will be possible. This is what I am about now.

Katalin's project takes place on 22nd September in Jurányi Inkubátorház.

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