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At the height of his success, director Árpád Schilling took the radical decision to turn his back on it all and retire to the country. Rather than continue to adapt the classics with his theatre company Krétakör, he chose to investigate the meaning art can have in other social contexts. Away from fame. He worked with children and teenagers in villages where conservative prejudices are still firmly rooted. The experience has been conveyed in his Krízis-trilógia, the last part of which, A papnő (The Priestess), is being performed at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.The festival is also inviting Schilling to give a one-off talk, putting his trilogy into context along with the relationship between the social and the artistic that exists throughout his work. It will be about the choices made and the theatre’s political dimension in the troubled context of Hungary today. It presents a unique opportunity to meet an impassioned artist.
Árpád Schilling (b. 1974) is a theatre director and also the artistic director of Krétakör. He began staging productions at the age of 19 and set up the Krétakör Theatre in 1995, the same year in which he started his directing studies at the Theatre and Film Academy in Budapest. He continued to run Krétakör in parallel with his studies, but from 1998 to 2000 was invited by the director Gábor Zsámbéki to be guest director at the world famous Katona József Theatre. He staged Platonov by Chekhov in 1999 with students from the Théâtre National de Strasbourg, performing the play at the European Theatre Union festival. Also that year he won the Hungarian theatre critics’ prize in the “up-and-coming professional” category, among other things for his production of István Tasnádi’s Public Enemy at the Katona József Theatre. After rejecting several offers to join institutional theatres, along with cultural manager Máté Gáspár he turned the Krétakör Theatre into a permanent theatre company. The show most emblematic of their work is Chekhov’s The Seagull which premiered in 2003.Back to top