'A Midsummer Night's Dream', National Dance Theatre Budapest, 10 December


'A Midsummer Night's Dream', National Dance Theatre Budapest, 10 December
"Dost thou take this for a Tragedy? Thou shalt take it as a Comedy, and it shalt amuse thou.” With these lines from his drama, Imre Madách might as well have been referring to scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare’s enigmatic play abounds in ambiguous situations, which can only be seen as sad or cheerful depending on your point of view. A brilliant theatrical mind, Shakespeare is not only a great poet but also knows everything there is to know about human nature.

He sees our lives as at once beautiful and ugly, poetic and vulgar, dramatic and comic, sublime and petty, pitiful and ridiculous. He depicts humans and fairies, squabbling princes and striving craftsmen, happy and unhappy lovers, lonely elves and tangled couples, showing their current sorrows and joys.

One thing they all have in common is that they are all seeking happiness in the Athenian forest on this magical midsummer night. Some succeed, others less so. But they never give up – they search for happiness as long as they can. Often they find themselves in ridiculous situations, which of course they see as tragic until a new morning dawns, and in broad daylight every success and failure shows a different face from the one it did in the dark of night.

The troubles are no longer so dramatic, the problems are no longer so insoluble, and they can once again take heart from themselves and each other. But most of all, we can laugh with the characters at ourselves, because they are really us, and we realise that the point is, “Life is beautiful... Do I need to explain?”
Place: National Dance Theatre Budapest
Address: 1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 16-20
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