The Hammer of the Village
On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sándor Petőfi, Forte Company is preparing for the premiere of the comic epic The Hammer of the Village. The music, composed by Balázs Horváth, will be performed by Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra of Veszprém, the production will be directed by Csaba Horváth and the cast will include members of Forte Company, who will be joined by third-year students of physical theatre at the University of Theatre and Film Arts. The originally effervescent linguistic humour of Sándor Petőfi's poem is made tangible by the grotesque choreographic movements of the performers.
What can the stage designer do when faced with the problem that the characters of the work to be staged are all people with very simple characters but serious emotions? In addition, the text, being an epic parody, is essentially a narrative. The answers to these questions were provided in conversations between Balázs Horváth, the composer of the production, and Csaba Horváth, its director. The composer's idea to show the narrators in some kind of added character was further tipped by the director's idea that one narrator could be several different characters. Thus, a structure was developed so that the play's very colourful narratives, subplots and portrayal of the characters' emotions could be presented in a myriad of characters, sometimes changing rapidly from one to the other. And all of this has led to the possibility that within the contemporary musical context, even light music style features may appear.
So let's see how this flickering, ever-changing musical world works, and how it can intertwine with the big hearts and deep emotions of the simple people who live around the pub.
The programme is supported by the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme.
Length of the performance: 85 minutes, without an interval
cast: Benedek Csáki (university student), László Fehér, Ferenczy-Nagy Borglárka, Nóra Földeáki, Gizella Gálhidy, Barnabás Horkay, Panka Kondákor Ajsa, Csaba Krisztik, Márton Pallag, Liza Tarjányi, Kristóf Widder
Composed by Balázs Horváth
orchestra: the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Péter Kováts
set design by Zoltán Kalászi, Kristóf Kiss-Benedek
costume design by Mari Benedek
Lighting designer: Ferenc Payer
Assistant director: Gréta Garádi
Production Manager: Dóra Trifonov
Cooperating partner: Pannon Várszínház
Directed by: Csaba Horváth