The Way My Father Imagined It All

Premiere: 23 April 2012, MU Theatre, Hungary

The Way My Father Imagined It All presents the deconstruction of reality and the resulting vacuum and fragmentation that surrounds four dancers, the audience, and the space around them. During the liberated gestuality, symbolic movements, a new, coherent reality is created for the duration of the performance, so that it can then disappear again.


In Hodworks’s The Way My Father Imagined It All, the stage is not a highlighted space in the classical sense. It covers the entire area that the spectators and dancers perceive around all of them. The light that illuminates all of it does not play a clear dramaturgical role either, it does not divert attention, it runs on its own by a random programming. Using the broken situation, the dancers develop a new, abstract movement metalanguage. The living space filled with movements thus gains meaning through an intense experience that can evoke our earliest experiences of experiencing reality. The four dancers further break down the whole not only with the movements, but also with the revelation of their bodies. At different points a t-shirt or a pair of pants are removed from their bodies, but it also happens that they dance completely naked. The nudity makes them vulnerable but in a strong way. As the body alternates and obscures during the performance, our attitude to the meaning of nudity changes. But their bodies can also be experienced as sound when they meet in the space of the stage. Meanwhile, the music itself draws attention to the vacuum when it takes longer breaks, or it stops playing, only to reappear again.


“There’s no other way to observe something than to take it apart. There is no other way to express the discovered truth than to reassemble the scattered reality in the inspiration of recognition.”

Miklós Erdély: Montage Hunger (Reality 4/4/1966)


Performers: Emese Cuhorka, Júlia Garai, Csaba Molnár, Marcio Kerber Canabarro

Music: Zoltán Mizsei

Costume: ARTISTA

Light design: Wil Frikken

Choreography: Adrienn Hód, Csaba Molnár, Marco Torrice

Co-produced by: Workshop Foundation/Jardin d’Europe (H/EU), Centre de Développement Chorégraphique/Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne (FR) Hebbel am Ufer (D) Grand Theatre Groningen (NL)

Supported by: National Cultural Fund (H), New Performing Arts Foundation (H) Off Foundation (H) SÍN Cultural Centre (H)

Media support: Revizor online

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Photo by Imre Kővágó Nagy.