Premiered in 2014


Place: Trafó
In his latest piece Csaba Molnár investigates his own intuitive world with the sensual and structural worlds of Boccaccio’s. An exciting encounter of contemporary dance and theatre. Decameron was produced within the EU Culture Programme project, DÉPARTS.

In his new piece Csaba Molnár freely associates his own instinctive, visual and auditive images with the sensual and structural world of Decameron. He creates a collage of people, stories with a modest and daring attitude, in which comical, tragic, vulgar, sacred, decent and heroic is intertwined in a dynamics that is free of judgement. 

’The new piece of Molnár is a liberating experience, because it confronts us with our fallibility, the feeling of being lost, and also because it encourages us to be ourselves, to be different. And it does so with credit. As it has a daring, plain and humane voice, curiosity, acceptance, openness and honesty strike through that all reject conformity.
The 70-minutes piece is inspired by the works by Bocaccio and Pasolini, the inspiration however is to be found in the essential kinship instead of the direct connotations, paraphrase or reminiscence: in the work of Molnár – just like in the stories of Bocaccio – it is all about unpredictability, unexpected turns, surprise and the odd flip of fate. All this is just as much as an anchor as the frivolous, erotic, sensual characteristics, and especially humour, satire, grotesque and irony. The classic of Boccaccio tells us a hundred stories, Pasolini’s adaptation has ten ones, and the absurd piece of this contemporary dance maker tells us almost as many stories as the Italian movie maker in 1971.’ (review: Krisztina Horeczky  – tanckritika.hu)

The piece was premiered on 9 May 2014 at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, was supported by départs, a project funded by the Culture Programme of the European Union. The production was managed by SÍN Culture Centre, Budapest.

Csaba Molnár started his studies at the Budapest Contemporary Dance School and continued his studies in P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) graduating in 2008. He has worked as a performer with Adrienn Hód, Eszter Gál, Wally Cardona amongst others). Csaba worked for two years with Florence-based Compania Virgilio Sieni Danza. He was a founding member of BLOOM! dance company and he has interest as a choreographer independently as well as with the collective. The piece CITY of the collective won the LÁBÁN-prize in 2011, then the piece SKIN ME, of which Csaba was a co-creator, won the LÁBÁN-prize in 2014. He is the guest teacher of the Budapest Dance School, he teaches contemporary dance, repertory and composition.

Director: Csaba Molnár
Creator-performers: Emese Cuhorka, Viktória Dányi, Csaba Molnár, Marco Torrice
Zene: montage: J. Mahler, J.S. Bach, I. Stravinsky, C. Janequin, Zoltán Mizsei
Costume: Csaba Molnár
Light: Katalin Dézsi

Producer: SÍN Culture Centre
Coproduction partner: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Supporters: Ministry of Human Resources, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, departs, Culture Programme of the European Union

Premiered in 2014, Trafó

Csaba Molnár: DECAMERON – trailer from SIN Culture Centre on Vimeo.

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