PREMIERE Co-production "Long Time No See" by Beatrix Simkó & Jenna Jalonen
//Beatrix and Jenna were born in isolated European countries. They have the same amount of muscles and bones. They are movers, acrobatics, both comfortable with steam and water. Women of the Y-generation. Blonde and brunette. Nordic and Central-European. One’s ancestors lived under the Turkish empire, the other under the Swedish. One drinks pálinka and the other Koskenkorva. Almost sisters. Not quite.
"Long time no see!" is a research project about common roots and isolation, social similarities and peculiarities. It dives into meaning of words and metacommunication, actions and reactions, the space between an understanding and a misunderstanding, as sisters, as cousins. A performance by a Hamburg-based Hungarian and Brussels-based Finn that explores the curious and familiar aspects of two distinct cultures albeit common roots.
Is the commonality of isolation responsible for creating the strong characteristics that bind both languages and societies? When the language of the body is so rich is a common language needed for communication? How do social similarities and differences simultaneously separate and bring us together? How can we define sisterhood?
concept, choreography, performers: Beatrix SIMKÓ, Jenna JALONEN
sound design: Ábris GRYLLUS
text: András VINNAI
set design, photography, video: Daniel DÖMÖLKY
costume design: Emese KASZA - MEI KAWA
lighting design: Daniel DÖMÖLKY, Krisztián BALÁZS
production management: Andrea KOVÁCS / Let it Be! art agency
special thanks: Ernő KIRÁLY, Zoltán SZMOLKA, András BENYÁK, Péter PUSZTAHÁZI, József PETŐ, SIMET Jessica, József GYABRONKA, Anna MAKAY, Katalin TAKÁCS Katalin, Gábor KARCIS
supporters: National Cultural Fund, Life Long Burning, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
cooperation partners: Workshop Foundation, Ultima Vez, Rakastajat Teatteri Pori, Balassi Institute Helsinki, Suomi 100, Studio Latéral 19, Let it Be! art agency, deephoto, PUR E, Mei Kawa, DNN, SIN Culture Centre