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 reasons, corruption has become the most important and is becoming the sole bond within both macro and micro social networks in Hungary.

In a poetic approach, yet including documentary elements, the performance intends to depict a social order in which love, family and work are all areas where people are often and imperceptibly forced to engage in the widespread, automatic – thus undetectable – practice of corruption. The performance revolves around one central issue: having perceived the logic of the system, what strategy should the new generation follow? Is it really possible to bypass the mechanisms of corruption? Or in order to survive, there is no other way but to become another cog in the wheel?

Our goal is to reflect the Hungarian culture of corruption through its extremes and habits. By portraying the “vicious circles” and the “impact of the social environment” (“if others do it why shouldn’t I”) in a descriptive manner, we wish to hold up a mirror to a society in which “explaining oneself and excusing oneself” is an accepted approach when corruption is brought to light.

In other words, where corruption has reached a critical mass (because the great majority of people are corrupt), the individual is less likely to feel that this practice is morally wrong. What ethical posture can we expect from a person who grows up without being able to truly comprehend what a massive impact corruption has on his/her life?

Director: Márton Gulyás
Dramaturg: Soma Boronkay
Music Director: Marcell Dargay
Production Manager: Linda Pottyondi
Background: Transparency International, Corruption Research Center – Corvinus University,
Leading Roles: János Koós, Enikő Börcsök, Sándor Terhes