Through the redefinition of the ballet, Pál Frenák is not only paying hommage to Bartók, and looking at almost unimaginable heights enlivening his music, but he is also concentrating on expanding still valid thoughts present in our world. The performance prompts the question of self-identical existence: who is the true king? Which one is real? The judgement of good and bad, the spatial situation of the below and above, the perspective view and the wider vision are organic parts of the creation, the main issue being the condition in which we hand over to our successors the world we live in.

The intellectual incognito of Bartók’s music is enduring well that even its richest and most flushing harmonies take effect as painful and cathartic utterances of one’s – man and woman, man and man, woman and woman – dependence on love, lack of freedom and inability to communicate. I would venture to say that a congenial work of art has been born.



Fanni Esterhazy, Viktoria Rohonczi, Rita Tokai, Erika Vasas

Zoltan Feicht, Pal Frenak, Gabor Halasz, Peter Holoda, Patrik Keresztes, Milan Maurer,

Kristof Morvai, Vila M. Ricardo, Timofeev Dmitry


Bela Bartok



Bela Balazs


Set designer

Paradigma Ariadne



Marta Peter


Assistant choreographer

Nelson Reguera


Ballet masters

Edit Rujsz, Zoltan Feicht


Janos Kovacs


Pal Frenak

Co-production of the Hungarian State Opera and Compagnie Pal Frenak