Thursday, August 21, 2014

Questionnaire with participant Zsuzsanna Simányi (H)

photo: Szabó Roland

Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
I think for me, working abroad would mean real variety. (I’m from Budapest.)

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of information do you have about our dance life?
As a local one, I know most of the mainstream and non-popular companies, and I know the educational opportunities as well.

Could you share with us if you have any idols in theater/dance life?
Hard to answer... I adore Ariane Mnouschkine, Pina Bausch… 

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 bring a monolog written by György Baráthy. This monolog was a part of my last piece – Hotel Love – in which blind participants and professional actors worked together.

Do you have your artistic statement, could you share with us?
I’m too verdant for statements. Ask me later.

Do you have any hobby besides working as a performer or creator?
Every day of my marriage is like the best hobby ever.

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!
When I was a child, I wanted to be an opera singer, and my dream came true when I had chance to sing as a child-actor in some opera.
Now, I have my DLA project – a course of University of Theater and Film Arts, about documentary theater. That is what I’m interested in nowadays. In 2013 I had a piece with homeless people, it was a determining experience...

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
It was too short... This summer I haven’t worn my bikini yet. 

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
I haven’t tested it yet.

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?
After my first premier I hid from my family and from the audience in the tiring-room. But I get used to it. You have to be opened for everyone, but you have to be able to ’filter’ the things you get. You have to decide which pieces of information really serve the concept which ones don’t. 

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes I do. Detachment can be useful. 

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
I have opinion, but I don’t write it down...

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Maybe. It depends on the situation, but it sounds good.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE
EXCHANGE. 

Do you have any question?
Thanks for patience. 

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