Pandemics
NOW and Then
Improvised theatre performance inspired by Biblical and Talmudic tales
Youtube live from Budapest
7 p.m. CET// 5 p.m. UTC - Sunday, 27 June

Pandemics
NOW and Then
Improvised theatre performance inspired by Biblical and Talmudic tales
Youtube live from Budapest
7 PM, CET Sunday, 27 June
Good improvisers seem telepathic; everything looks pre-arranged, This is because they accept all offers made—which is something no 'normal' person would do.
— Keith Johnstone, British/Canadian actor, pioneer of improvisational theatre
"This is probably Talmud NOW's most creative initiative. It combines improvisational theatre with teaching of Talmud,
which is something unique in Hungary and most possibly worldwide."

— dr. Gábor Balázs, historian of Jewish thought, Vice Rector, Theological Seminary, University of Jewish Studies, Budapest
"This is probably Talmud NOW's most creative initiative. It combines improvisational theatre with teaching of Talmud, which is something unique in Hungary and most possibly worldwide."

— dr. Gábor Balázs, historian of Jewish thought, Vice Rector, Theological Seminary, University of Jewish Studies, Budapest
Improvised Theatre.Talmudic stories.
This is the reality of multiple, disparate and interconnected. Reality born scenes inspired by the ancient wise tales, the actors and the spectators.
Talmud is not simply a vast corpus of ancient and impenetrable text in Aramaic, but also a text about us, about being alive at last. Its characters, the talmudic sages converse with their fellows and friends just like we do: intensely, focused and freely. The Talmud is a debate which is entwined by commentary, where everyone speaks at once.

The World of Improv, the theatre is very much like the Talmud: everyone has a leading role. There is no script and near-endless variations on each scene. One problem, thousands of solutions.

Talmud on Stage is a permanent experiment. The Talmud treated the Biblical texts with impressive intellectual boldness and creativity and adapted them to its then present circumstances. Improvised theatre does the same: it intends to read and enact the Talmudic tales from our perspective, while keeping the intrinsic feature of Talmudic stories for the reason that one can never know where the stories start and end.
Pandemics NOW and Then: Talmud on Stage
The Talmud on Stage Project offers the participants of the conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) a very special session about Pandemics from the Biblical times through the Talmudic era to our own days. The performance will be based on improved theatre with a troop of improv actors, including invited experts from the two faiths, and the participation of the audience. The annual ICCJ's conference will be held online due to the pandemic. The Talmud on Stage must adapt the situation, which at the same time provides us the opportunity to share the event with a much wider audience: We invite you from all over the globe to join our virtual live event and enjoy this special night.

The Talmud, the authoritative text of Jewish law, treated the Biblical texts with impressive intellectual boldness and creativity and adapted them to its then present circumstances. The Itt és Most (Right Here and Right Now) Company does the same: it reads and enacts the Talmudic stories from our perspective, while keeping the intrinsic feature of Talmudic stories, namely that one can never know where the stories start and end. However we will kick off the performance with the question of the conference: When all this is over, how do we want the world to be different? There is no promise for one right answer but many… Join us, inspire and get inspired.


65 minutes, 63 tractates of the Talmud, 5 books of Moses, 4 actors, 1 host, and 2 storytellers: Talmud on Stage
Cast & Creative
Improvised fusion theatre virtually with the entire Hungarian impro scene, at the joint event of the Itt és Most (Right Here and Right Now) Theatre Company feat. Impróka feat. Momentán.

Invited guests: Katalin Balogh Hebraist, teacher of Biblical Hebrew and Zsuzsa Fritz, Jewish educator.
Saci Montvai
Actor
Momentán Theatre Company
Luca Szabó Szontágh
Actor
Impróka Theatre Company
Péter Bakonyi
Actor
Impróka Theatre Company
Gergő Borbás
Actor
Itt és Most/Right Here and Right Now Theatre Company
Gábor Szőke
Actor/ Host
Itt és Most/Right Here and Right Now Theatre Company
Zsuzsa Fritz
Storyteller, Jewish educator
JCC Budapest - Bálint Ház
Katalin Balogh
Hebraist, Teacher of Biblical Hebrew
Sapientia – College of Theology of Religious Orders
Nándi Varju
Brodcast director
Itt és Most/Right Here and Right Now Theatre Company
Borcsa Lakos
Producer
Founder & managing director, Talmud NOW and Talmud on Stage initiatives
What the media says
The Talmud on Stage presented yet again an exciting and thought provoking performance. With the help of improv theatre we have been offered a glimpse into the world of Talmud: the ancient treasure trove of Jewish moral, religious and legal wisdom.
Zsolt Kácsor, Journalist
I felt that the performance is designed to connect worlds and communities. To me, this is the most valuable idea.
Nóra Mátrai, Spectator
I see this as an opening of a dialogue that will make people think and by questioning bring them closer together.
Gábor Szelecsényi, Spectator
This is one of the most progressive and forward-looking projects of all, what the Budapest Jewish community has to offer right now and one, which speaks to the younger generations.
Dávid Lantai, Head of Network center - JCC Budapest, Bálint Ház
Upcoming performance
Sunday, 27 June

Price // free event
The performance starts at 7:00 p.m. CET
/1:00 p.m. EST/5 p.m. UTC
Running time / 60 minutes Age restrictions / 12+

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