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Fatigue

  • Dance & performance
  • +12
  • Part of Aerowaves Twenty24
  • Part of International Dance Month

45 min.

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Mood swings, slowed reflexes, dizziness: the various physical and psychological symptoms of burnout infiltrate unnoticed into everyday life. What can an artist do with this enervated state in a world where work makes existence tangible? In this climate, it can seem as if continuous production, the accumulation of projects, is the key to satisfaction, while all this points the way to burnout.

In his solo, Viktor Szeri does not hide his apathy, but draws on his personal experiences and builds his choreography on fatigue, on wanting nothing. He explores the creative process, the limits and tolerance of his own body through the filter of burnout, while also experimenting with how the audience can relate to this sedated vision. 

Fatigue was awarded the Rudolf Lábán Prize 2023 awarded by the independent performing arts scene in Hungary and was selected as part of the Aerowaves ‘Twenty24 Artists’ network.

“(…) Thus fatigue simultaneously has a painful truth and meaning, the true power of the piece is that it is able to turn this pain productive. The performance presents the drama of the human being set and forgotten in life clearly and poignantly (…)” – Ákos Török

Created and performed by: Viktor Szeri
Music: András Molnár
Video: Tamás Páll
Light: Ferenc Payer 
Special thanks to Andi Soos, Lili Raubinek, Csenge Vass
Production partner: Katlan Group Supported by: NKA, EMMI, Katlan Group, Sin Arts Culture Center, Mu Theater, Trafo House of Contemporary Arts

Biography

Viktor Szeri (born 1993) is an independent performer and choreographer based in Budapest. In his multi-disciplinary pieces, the interplay of different (performing) artforms and visual solutions can be observed. His spontaneous and improvisational processes are motivated by a desire to express a mood or a feeling. Yet, dance always plays a crucial role in his work: for him, it is a language through which the imperfect, transient and vulnerable human body can break free of the constraints of social norms. His performances are visceral: blurring the boundaries between the stage and the auditorium, inviting us into intimate realities where the audience has an active role. 
In 2018, he founded the artist group Hollow with Tamás Páll and Gyula Muskovics, with whom he has worked regularly ever since. In their immersive installations and performances, choreography and dance are combined with poetry, new media, and role-playing to create “world prototypes” where the dominant systems of consensual reality can be questioned or modified.
He received a BA in Choreography at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, and an MA in Media Design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Recently, he has been awarded several scholarships and residencies in Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Istanbul, Warsaw, Tbilisi, and Minsk. His individual works and collaborations have been presented in Budapest at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, MU Theatre, DunaPart – Platform for Contemporary Performing Arts, art quarter budapest, Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Placcc Dance, as well as MeetFactory (Prague), Y Events, Divadlo X10 (Prague), House of Arts (Brno), Donaufestival (Krems), Art Cologne (Cologne), Montag Modus (Berlin), radialsystem (Berlin), and Open Space – Centre for Visual and Performing Arts (Tbilisi).
His piece “fatigue” was awarded the Rudolf Lábán Prize 2023 by the independent performing arts scene in Hungary and was selected as part of the Aerowaves ‘Twenty24 Artists’ network. 
Since 2020, he has been the organiser of the Under500 interdisciplinary performing arts festival.

Co-funded
Aerowaves, Creative Europe

With the support of
Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Centre Bucharest

Main media partner
Guerilla Radio

Media Partners
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Strategic partners
Cinema Union

Special mentions

Please note, the show contains strobe lights and fog along with loud music.

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