Barbara Lanciers, Imre Kertész, and Jake Goodman after the opening of 'Kaddish' in Budapest in June 2013.

Kaddish in Hungary: A Magical Time

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Kaddish performed to three over-sold audiences at the Jurányi Incuabator House in Budapest on June 5, 6, and 7. It was a magical experience.

Check out our Press and Video/Image pages to learn more about it. Here is a photo teaser:

Photo by Dudás Ernő

Photo by Dudás Erno

Perhaps the most magical moment of all was when Imre Kertész welcomed us into his home.

Perhaps the most magical moment of all was when Imre Kertész welcomed us into his home.

Here's Barbara with the lovely Magda Kertész, Imre's wife. Magda has been instrumental in helping to make Kaddish possible.

Here’s Barbara with the lovely Magda Kertész, Imre’s wife. Magda has been instrumental in helping to make Kaddish possible.

 

Here's a rare bird's eye view of Kaddish in performance.

Here’s a rare bird’s eye view of Kaddish in performance.

 

Barbara always kept this photo of Imre next to her in the booth.

Barbara always kept this photo of Imre next to her in the booth.

 

More than 10 bags of the best (and wettest) dirt Hungary had to offer were laid out.

More than 10 bags of the best (and wettest) dirt Hungary had to offer were laid out.

A light sculpture doesn't just build itself! Our friends Gergő and Zenkő help to make the magic happen.

A light sculpture doesn’t just build itself! Our friends Gergo and Zenko help to make the magic happen.

 

And here's the finished product! Another rare photo: the lighting sculpture, hung, but unlit.

And here’s the finished product! Another rare photo: the lighting sculpture, hung, but unlit.

The man who made the Jurányi production possible: our friend, Tibor Orlai.

The man who made the Jurányi production possible: our friend, Tibor Orlai.

 

We couldn't resist: one more photo with Tibor. Isn't he sweet?

We couldn’t resist: one more photo with Tibor. Isn’t he sweet?

One quick story:

Throughout the entire development of Kaddish, both Imre and Magda Kertész were hugely supportive. We could think of no better way to honor them than to perform Mr. Kertész’s text in Budapest, where Imre was born and they both reside. After our final performance, they warmly invited us into their home.

When we arrived we found bouquets upon bouquets of beautiful flowers adorning their apartment. With tears in her eyes, Magda told us that after seeing the performances, many of their friends knocked on their door and gave them flowers as a token of congratulations on the success of Kaddish as a celebration of Imre’s vibrant and incredible text. Of course, we started crying too.

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