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The Party

BLOG | How does the Party take control? How can democracy turn to be a tool for ultimate-power in the hand of the rulers? How could the Party be in breaking news day by day? Simply, how does the Party operate and what good is it for? In his new production, Árpád Schilling invites you to redefine …continue


BLOG |The annual corruption reports of Transparency International show that out of the 183 assessed countries, Hungary holds a solid position in the last third of the rankings. Bribery, abuse of power and blackmail, all present in the interactions of the state and the private sector, are only the top of the iceberg: due to historical …continue

Theatre Makers

Directors were invited by Árpád Schilling to the discussion series organized by Krétakör and Katona József Theatre to talk about their artistic programs, their strategies and views on theatre policy. In four occasions, the stage of Katona József Theatre gave the floor to artist from different generations following different artistic trends. Schilling launched Theatre Makers …continue


In the 2012-2013 academic year, with the cooperation of several secondary schools from Ferencváros (District IX.) we started a joint teacher-student game led by Bálint Juhász. The program was a communication development workshop for students following the school curriculum. For teachers, it was a course where we addressed everyday pedagogical issues through the means of …continue


Directed by Arpad Schilling in the Chaillot National Theatre in Paris, Noéplanète (Noah Planet) was a performance with French actors and circus artists and civil participants of Roma origin. Further developing the forms of The Priestess, live acting, acrobatic scenes and film sections made the production complete. The director’s thoughts about the project are the …continue


Krétakör was the only Hungarian organization invited to participate in the 7th Berlin Biennale, a prestigious contemporary art exhibition. The event led by curators Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza intended to examine how creative art and performing arts benefit society. In February 2012 under a call for proposals we invited works that strengthened national identity. …continue

Can You Hold the Line?

Can You Hold the Line? is the title of a campaign for moderate alcohol consumption sponsored by Heineken Hungary. ShowHivatal, the office responsible for the campaign asked Krétakör to design and produce the creative elements of the campaign. The goal was to raise awareness among young adults regarding the most probable motivations and most obvious consequences …continue


Obstacle Race launched a series of theatre in education games that were played within the school context. MOBIL was the next one. It is a kind of reality game that enables participating secondary school students to reflect on their own reality. The game is set in an imaginary school: one of the students secretly makes …continue

Speak to Me!

The photos of Máté Tóth Ridovics were created as part of the Crisis Trilogy and  were first exhibited in the Rudé Právo building as part of the jp.co.de installation. Afterwards, the photo series was presented in several occasions in Budapest as a separate exhibition. The metaphoric photos display crisis situations in families. Circumstances that restrict …continue

The Priestess

The last part of the trilogy is the story of the mother, Lilla Gát. Once a popular actress in Budapest, she works as a dedicated drama teacher in a Hungarian village far from the capital trying to eradicate prejudice. Her environment dislikes her unique teaching methods. Her project fails: first her colleagues, then the village …continue

Ungrateful Beasts

The second part of the trilogy is the story of the 45-year-old child psychiatrist, Gyula Gát, taking the form of a chamber opera. Dr. Gát specializes in cases of domestic violence and child sexual abuse. One day a new patient arrives at the clinic. Ádám is charged with seven accounts of sexual assault on children …continue


Crisis Trilogy explored different personal and social crisis situations through the story of the Gát family. Each part portrayed one of the three family members through different performing arts genres. The first two parts of the trilogy premiered separately at festivals in Prague and Munich. The three parts were presented together at Trafó in Budapest.  …continue


The first part of the trilogy is a dreamlike journey, the growing-up-attempt of the 18-year-old Balázs Gát. Balázs leaves his family in order to start his independent life, but it is difficult to break free from national and family ties. He gathers 12 volunteers in a big city abroad in order to start his own …continue

New Spectator

The program, a collaboration between Káva Cultural Group, anBlokk Association and Krétakör, set out to create a forum for dialogue between Roma and non-Roma  inhabitants (members of a minority group and members of mainstream society) of two villages (Ároktő and Szomolya) in Northeast Hungary using different means of theatre in education, forum theatre and contemporary arts.  We tried to set …continue

Can You Hold the Line? – School of Parents

Following the series of actions and films on moderate alcohol consumption in 2010, Krétakör became creative partner also for the 2011 Heineken Hungary social ad campaign organized by ShowHivatal. This time, the target group was not secondary school students but their parents. The campaign aimed to address open-minded parents between the ages of 30 and …continue

May Day

Part of the Pécs2010 – European Capital of Culture event series, May Day was a performance with the participation of several hundred people from Pécs. It took place between 30 April and 2 May 2010 in the former Count István Széchenyi mine shaft and in the community center of Pécsbányatelep. We wanted to tap into …continue


Following the Escapologist program series, Árpád Schilling’s next performance was an artistic experiment with a personal tone, focusing on issues of commitment, men and women living together and having children. The performance was based on the personal stories of the actors, which included conflicts between couples, family fights, one night stands and parenting problems. The …continue


URBANRABBITs was a the result of a collaboration between CNAC (National Centre for Circus Arts) and Krétakör. Directed by Árpád Schilling, it premiered  on 17 December 2009 on the main campus of the school, located around 125 miles from Paris in Chalons-en-Champagne. The performance embarked on an international tour in January 2010, during which we …continue

Obstacle Race

Obstacle Race is a theatre in education program of Káva Cultural Group and Krétakör. Back in 2008, the two organizations decided to conduct an innovative experiment in which they try to merge the latest techniques of constructivist pedagogy and contemporary theatre. We developed an education program that offers students the possibility to actively participate in …continue

Father Courage

Father Courage was a summer performance presented on Szentendre Island together with the French Le Phun company. The director of the French group, Phéraille Ricardo Montserrat, has worked with the Royal de Luxe company for a decade. Le Phun has been to several continents, and since they had not yet been to Eastern Europe, they …continue

L’éloge de l’escapologiste (Apology of the Escapologist)

Patrick Sommier, director of MC93 Bobigny (partner theatre of Krétakör between 2001 and 2008) saw The Astronomer’s Dream programed at the Kapolcs-Valley of Arts festival in 2006. Inspired by our project, he invited us to use his entire theatre building to create a large-scale, site-specific happening. Since the date of the project fell in May …continue


Premiered in 2007, Árpád Schilling’s Hamlet adaptation with three actors, played in a school environment created a new genre. In this performance Schilling further developed the Hamlet3 concept he presented two years earlier at the Burgtheater in Vienna also with three actors. The show is usually performed for secondary school students in a classroom and …continue

Apology of the Escapologist

Apology of the Escapologist was the first project of the newly formed Krétakör. Our aim was to declare our artistic and social objectives. We defined the genre of the site specific, multidisciplinary social sculpture as city therapy. Held between 8 March and 1 May 2009, the event series used contemporary art to reflect upon the …continue