By Kornel Mundruczo, based on the work by J.M. Coetzee. Just like Kentridge’s “Refuse the Hour”, this work comes to Rome after major arts festivals across the world. In a way, it too has its roots in South African culture as it is based on the award-winning novel by South African author J.M. Coetzee.
However the Hungarian theatre director Mundruczo has adapted Disgrace taking the novel out of its context – post-apartheid South African society – and keeping the heart of Coetzee's reflection, namely the fear that suddenly appears in a community when upheavals deeply modify its lifestyle and the ancestral scale of its values.
For Mundruczo of course, behind South Africa, there is Hungary, but also the European countries that have been subjected to crises of all types that mentally destabilise people and heighten anxieties: that of losing one's job, that of opening one's door to unknown callers, that of experiencing affective solitude. In Hungarian with Italian sub-titles.