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“There are more of us than dewdrops on a tree trunk (...)
We will be white bones by sunset, 
Brushed by the wind of mortality...”

(Masuji Ibuse)

A bamboo grove for a labyrinth. Isolation. Survival.
Pál Frenák’s new choreography looks beyond the laws of physics, into the dimensions of the soul. It is based on his own experiences while in Japan on a Villa Kujoyama Grant, as well as on Alain Resnais’s cultic film, Hiroshima, My Love. Like the film, Frenák looks at social and global problems through the lens of human relations. Are we treating our world responsibly? Is there hope, will humanity learn from the past's mistake, or will it continue to devour itself time after time?

In HIR-O, Pál Frenák tackles, more directly than ever, a key tragedy of Japanese culture and history – to which he is no stranger –, and offers an unconventional interpretation.


The performance is permeated by the philosophy of Japanese culture: in a simple and empty space, bamboos appear, the most natural material and instrument of daily life in Japan. In its natural quality, the dancers’ organic movement fuses with the crudeness and power of the bamboo: man and instrument become one, each other’s extension, in a continuous spiral motion.


It's such a stunning and straight form of contemporary modern dance what we get here, that you need some time afterwards to recover from it!


There are mostly feelings and moods, the bodies coexist like live paintings, perfectly placed in space and movement, movement and movement again, which results in visions running riot.

Gabor Bota



Abris Gryllus, Miklos Farkas


Andras Horvath


Aron Kovacs


Peter Toth


Marianna Henez

Japanese cultural consultant

Paule Jeanne Francoise Roche

Assistant choreographer

Milan Maurer


Gabor Halasz

Choreography and concept

Pal Frenak

Co-production of Café Budapest, Compagnie Pal Frenak and the National Dance Theatre of Hungary

Nemzeti Táncsínház

Cover photo © Gyorgy Jokuti

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