Matei Vișniec

Migraaaants, Or There’s Too Many People on this Damn Boat – Between Fiction and Reality

Main Stage

A play that has stepped over today’s reality with its world subtly touching the absurd, there is no one story, only stories to be told, and this one does not wish to be a solution, but a mosaic of individual truths, shown through art.

Franco-Romanian contemporary writer Matei Vișniec, created a world, where fiction and reality become inseparable, and the individual fates presented through these stories, slowly sink under the skin of its viewer.  It is a long journey, which starts on an overly crowded boat, full of migrants leaving their country in the hope of finding something better, and ends with them arriving, all the while, us spectators, following their steps. It is a forum of different worlds meeting at the conjunction of chaos, where pain, sorrow, and momentary relief converge and trying to catch a breath in this crowd, seems impossible. The stories lead through the many facets of a humane dilemma: we do not only smell the salty ocean, feel the ragged skin of those in flight, or see the fright of the unknown in the eyes of simpler people, but also feel that this chaos is well-devised, the luxurious softness of high chairs and metal minds reaches out, unseen, through the blindness of screens to grab and hold the power.

Hungarian director, Zalán Zakariás, put feelings, sensations on the stage, visually recreating internal processes of mind, soul and body. In an inverted space, spectators are crammed on the stage, while the empty seats of the auditorium stare back at them, ominous and patiently awaiting. As they go deeper into the story, the playing area gets closer and closer to those jam-packed on the stage. The ending scene reaches viewers’ feet, while querying eyes are searching their gaze.

We offer our play, with the writer’s recommendation, to those interested in a theatre of sensing, a forum of ideas, rather than closed forms of moralising and un-weighed truths. We are a young theatre, aiming to create artistic manifestation as far as textual and scenic representation can take the imagination.


Duration of performance:
1 óra 50 perc
(without interval)