Premiered on 25 September 2016
at MU Theatre, Budapest
What is this number? A new mobile phone model? I’ve googled it. Beta 1.7 Minecraft 1.7 update… it could be the new 1.7 chick of Pygmalion. I have clicked them through but found no content that relates to the female body. However, it relates to nature, to naturalness and to artificial, to gender topics, to giving birth and to abortion – all sorts of current and trendy topics. And to migration as well.
“Stereotypes of beauty and femininity, as well as sexual taboos, are discussed with refreshing candidness, sarcastic humour and thick (self-)irony in the (lecture) performance 1.7 by Zsuzsa Rozsavolgyi, which is a great choice for introducing adolescents into the world of theatre.1.7 is the current birth rate among European women, barely enough to sustain our society and culture. Some people use this fi gure as justification for trying to tell women what to do with their bodies. Her frankness stings at times, and packs a powerful punch at others, and meanwhile she creates an open and equal space on stage, in which unlimited freedom is given to thinking differently and encouraging autonomy.” Orsolya BÁLINT, critic
Zsuzsa RÓZSAVÖLGYI investigates the female body, its role in today’s society, its reasons and aspects of successfulness or unsuccessfulness.
Revealing taboos and personal confessions about living in a female body in a lecture-performance solo piece.
‘The starting point of my solo piece is that my being is communication itself. All I need to do is to barely exist in order to communicate some meaning. The size, colour, smell, state of my body and above all its gender will communicate a context in which I exist, a character, a role that I take. What do you see when you see a female body on stage? What is that a female body communicates? How could we transform the meaning of this female body?’ (Zs.R.)
Zsuzsa Rózsavölgyi’s hand-made solo piece with playful humour, video inserts on the various social aspects of the female body and role investigates the issues of the society’s restraining and castrating effect on the female nature through advertisements, manipulated media, tradition or just mere tomfoolery. And this is all done in a plain, personal voice, through movement and dance bare from any fabrication, which makes us feel that we could be there on stage with her with our imperfect bodies, with her thoughts. Presenting the roles of a modern woman we get to the ultimate problem: shall we offer our biological capacities to the service of society and improve the current – 1.7 – European birth-rate or shall we leave the future of Europe to be solved by immigration?
Concept and choreography: Zsuzsa RÓZSAVÖLGYI
Music: Ryan SEATON
Animation: Viktor VICSEK
Light: Zoltán NAGY
Producer: SÍN Culture Centre
Supporters: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, MU Theatre, Budapest Municipality, Baryshnikov Arts Centre, Staféta, Füge Production, BVA
The production was realised within the framework of Staféta, a programme by the Budapest Municipality.
Zsuzsa RÓZSAVÖLGYI studied at SEAD and P.A.R.T.S., she has been making her own choreography for 10 years now. She was a member of Rosas in 2004-2009 and has worked with a great many choreographers and various artists, David Zambrano, Thomas Hauert, Thierry de Mey amongst others. In her works she is interested in working with visual artists, applying digital technology. She is an active teacher. Based on her studies at the School of Creative Coaching she integrates coaching techniques with her experience as a dance artist in her teaching work.
Please contact us for a detailed technical rider and the full length recording of the performance is available also upon request: Anikó RÁCZ, international relations at email@example.com