Ferenc Erkel’s Bánk bán is regarded as Hungary’s most important national opera. Nearly unknown abroad and hardly performed outside Hungary, the opera is part of Hungary’s official national culture. What in 19th century was a necessary expression of the fight for national independency became through the centuries hollow phrases. The national romantic values within it remain a utility for an ever isolating Hungarian cultural politics.
In Krétakör’s project young activists try to recapture that national symbol, to free it from the burden of national romanticism and stereotypes. They confront themselves with the outdated heroes of the opera to define what is their own identity to understand what kind of community they want to create that deserves to be called home, and should be fought for.