PERFORMANCE AWARDED WITH LÁBÁN RUDOLF-PRIZE IN 2006
The starting point of the performance is the figure of Fox fairy who is a recurring character in Chinese stories. She often takes human shape and knows all the secrets of nature since she is very sensible. She lifts her head up when he dies. She is living on the rooftops among the rafters. People are afraid of her. Those who are obsessed of her start to behave weird. Wherever you go, you meet her traces. Moving statues who live in the nooks of wooden spacial installation built from tons of lumber greet the spectators. The space is going through a transfiguration like we would look at ourselves from another dimension, the sensible world of the fox fairies.
First, the spectators are passing by the statues in the space built up in the gallery of National Dance Theater, later the performers are wandering among the people.
„The sculptor, Villő Turcsány’s diploma work from 1997 called the Peculiar dance of Fox fairies inspired Gábor Goda, the coreographer of Artus to get deeper into foxdemon legends which are pretty widespread and popular all over China. One of the most successful performance of Artus, Fox fairies was born as a result of this research. Worthy to be mentioned about the title heroes that by having spectacular transformation skills and being ravishing, they encroach on life of human beings living on the Earth to turn them totally upside down. The play isn’t only about the fairies though. For me it is much more about the collaboration of autonomous artists coming from different fields which is giving birth to a much more exciting result than if someone just was wearing blinkers. […] Lightsome, rizzling, amazing performance. Who misses it, will definitely regret.” /Ágnes Veronika Tóth/
The power of Artus resides in that the company members always take part of the creation process in the most creative way they can. This time they not only put ideas and movements into this piece but contributed to it by composing entire scenes. All performers got the opportunity to freely create and coreograph considering the given spatial installations, and knowing the fox myths and legends of medieval China.
The company won the Best Alternative Company Prize distributed by Cultural Committee of Budapest General Assembly in 2005.
VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE
BAKÓ Tamás, DOMBI Kati, GOLD Bea, KOCSIS Gábor, LIPKA Péter, NAGY Andrea, Nina UMNIAKOV
OLDAL István, Tr. SZABÓ György
Supported by NKÖM, National Cultural Fund (NKA), Budapest City Government, Hungarian National Dance Theatre