Hotel of ChangeJurányi House, Budapest
WHAT IS STEREO AKT?
STEREO AKT is a Hungarian contemporary theatre collective founded in 2013 in Budapest. The artistic director is Martin Boross, a Junior Prima Award-winning director whose work has been seen in 40 cities in 13 countries.
STEREO AKT confronts community and social issues that affect all of us. To talk about these issues, we are often required to venture out to the limits of our comfort zones or beyond. In recent years, we have addressed social issues and phenomena such as gender inequality (Garden of the Protected Man), homelessness (Addressless), refugee crises (Colony), freedom of expression and propaganda (Last Chance Clinic), education (Ex Katedra), Eastern/European identity (European Freaks, Date an Eastern European) and equal opportunity (Remake_Bodony).
We create experiential performances: not works of art to be admired, but events in which the spectator is a partner in the action. All our performances initiate a dialogue between the audience and the performers, often without words, with the cooperation of the spectator. An adventurer in an escape room; a tourist on board a bus; a team member in a theatrical board game, or a participant on a city walk — these are a few examples of the unconventional roles our spectators have played in recent years.
CONTEMPORARY THEMES, CONTEMPORARY FORMS
We use innovative artistic processes, new perspectives from outside experts, and unique technologies to create our interdisciplinary artistic productions. The resulting plot and text of every piece is created through the collective work of the full creative team. In addition to stage productions, we have created site-specific performances, documentaries and feature films. We deal with personal and poignant issues, and the potential for the well-being of the individual and society as a whole. Mobility and international presence are important elements of our vitality and collective identity.
In our experimental creative processes we first investigate, research, and confront our immediate reality, and then transform material drawn from the real world into dense, theatricalized material. Our performances often feature experts and stakeholders alongside professional actors, and employ the physical site of the performance as a protagonist in the work.