Ulysses’ Living Room – 2011

Ulysses’ Living Room – 2011

Premiere: April 20, 2011, Artus Studio

The myth of eternal return raises one of the most fundamental questions of mankind. Where is he heading, who is on the road his entire life? 

Each of is a Ulysses, in a sense. For, inside, all of us are constantly travelling, and our world becomes whole, once we finally get home. 

 „The audience is seated in a cozy living-room-like space arranged for that single occasion, with sofas and coffee tables, in one of the huge industrial halls of Artus. The total abolition of the line between the performers and the audience is fully functional here: the spectators have the chance to experience that they are becoming the characters of an emerging myth themselves, thanks to the closeness of the performers.”

/Csaba Kutszegi/


The creation of the production was inspired by:

1. Ulysses – and the myth of eternal return 

Ulysses’ odyssey took 20 years in the epic poem by Homer. In James Joyce’s novel, Leopold Bloom roams through Dublin in a single day. In the frame of Ulysses’ Living Room the seemingly endless inner journey is condensed into a duration of a single theatre performance. Artus creates accordingly to Joyce’s writing: uncovering the texture of the vision like images of the inner journey, so that the different points in space and time occur simultaneously, like concurrent flash events in the mind, together with the impressions of what is going on in there.

2. Ephemer Works

The episodes of the Ephemer Works performance series contributed to the creation of the Ulysses’ Living Room as open work-in-progress events, with presence of the public. Each episode of the performance series, which debuted in 2010, is a premiere, unrepeatable one-off performance-event, which the creators bring to life during (and for) a single intense day. The spontaneity and elaborate precision are paradoxically present at the same time: the final form of each Ephemer Works event is given only in the presence of the audience. 

3. Earthship (Creative retreat, Noszvaj, 2011)

4.  One-Day-Turnaround

 „I was standing on a hill, and slowly turned around my axis. Simply turned around once, but did it in a single day, that is, in 24 hours. In exactly as much times as the Earth turns around its own axis. I was standing there for a full day, moving slowly, turning in synchrony with the Earth, becoming one with Her.

During the Turnaround the world redefined:
The immediate reality and visions are coexisting.
The Earth is not beneath my feet, but surrounds me.
Noise is a part of Silence. I am not standing here – I am standing everywhere.

One-Day-Turnaround is a rite and meditation, full of painful and uplifting contradictions at the same time.” /Gábor Goda/


Creators-performers Martin Boross, Márton Debreczeni, Kati Dombi, Krisztina Ferencz, Balázs Fischer, Gábor Goda,
Gábor Kocsis, Zoltán Mózes, Gáspár Téri, András Tucker, Melinda Virág
Production assistants: Antal Bodóczky, Bea Gold, Csilla Nagy, Ágoston Nagy
DirectorGábor Goda


Kutszegi Csaba: Goda-fordulás a hétköznapi hősökhöz
Varga Sándor Márton: Ulyssesnek nincs is nappalija!
Ferencz Krisztina: Rítus a színházban

Past performances

2017.06.18Ulysses 45Budapest
2017.06.17Ulysses 44Budapest
2017.06.16Ulysses 43Budapest
2016.05.24Ulysses nappalija 42Veszprém
2015.05.09Ulysses nappalija 41Budapest
2015.05.08Ulysses nappalija 40Budapest
2015.05.07Ulysses nappalija 39Budapest
2014.05.08Ulysses nappalija 38Budapest
2014.05.10Ulysses nappalija 37Budapest
2014.05.11Ulysses nappalija 36Budapest
2014.09.25Ulysses nappalija 35Budapest
2014.09.26Ulysses nappalija 34Budapest
2014.09.27Ulysses nappalija 33Budapest
2013.11.02Ulysses nappalija 32Potsdam
2013.11.01Ulysses nappalija 31Potsdam
2013.10.18Ulysses nappalija 29, 30Wroclaw
2013.10.17Ulysses nappalija 28Wroclaw
2013.05.12Ulysses nappalija 27Budapest
2013.05.11Ulysses nappalija 26Budapest
2013.05.10Ulysses nappalija 25Budapest
2013.03.08Ulysses nappalija 24Budapest
2012.10.14Ulysses nappalija 23Budapest
2012.10.13Ulysses nappalija 22Budapest
2012.10.12Ulysses nappalija 21Budapest
2012.10.10Ulysses nappalija 20Budapest
2012.05.06Ulysses nappalija 19Budapest
2012.05.05Ulysses nappalija 18Budapest
2012.05.04Ulysses nappalija 17Budapest
2012.04.28Ulysses nappalija 16Budapest
2012.04.27Ulysses nappalija 15Budapest
2011.10.08Ulysses nappalija 14Budapest
2011.10.07Ulysses nappalija 13Budapest
2011.10.05Ulysses nappalija 12Budapest
2011.10.04Ulysses nappalija 11Budapest
2011.09.17Ulysses nappalija 10Budapest
2011.09.06Ulysses nappalija 9Budapest
2011.05.07Ulysses nappalija 8Budapest
2011.05.06Ulysses nappalija 7Budapest
2011.04.29Ulysses nappalija 6Budapest
2011.04.28Ulysses nappalija 5Budapest
2011.04.27Ulysses nappalija 4Budapest
2011.04.22Ulysses nappalija 3Budapest
2011.04.21Ulysses nappalija 2Budapest
2011.04.20Ulysses nappalija 1Budapest