The Heroes of the Shaft

(The Hereoes of the Shaft performance, Budapest Kunsthalle, 2012)

A project by Katarina Šević and Tehnica Schweiz,  in collaboration with the Heroes of the Shaft collective.
„WE are in a mine, where the shaft has collapsed because of a gas explosion. A group of miners are stuck underground, waiting helplessly for the assistance to arrive. Having nothing else to do, they entertain each other with stories, for tales are the best cure against hunger, anxiety, and boredom. This cycle is about these miners, and their stories are about the rough outside world, about coexistence, isolation, vileness, failure, fortune and hope.” (excerpt from the prologue of The Heroes of the Shaft performances)

A project realized in collaboration with Katarina Šević. It includes a series of performances, photographs, drawings and costumes. It was realized as 4 live performances, and as an exhibition including different materials from the project.

‘The Heroes of the Shaft’ performances were a series of four tableau vivant acts, written and performed by The Heroes of the Shaft Company,  a group of friends.  The performed stories draw from recent reality and news, but also legends and memories, and deal with permanent conflicts between the individual and the community.

The performances took place on four evenings during the exhibition ‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’ at Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2011

The Heroes of the Shaft booklet.

The Heroes of the Shaft collective:

Júlia Bársony, János Borsos, István Bukovics, Gábor Döme, Krisztina Erdei, Anna Forgács, Tamás Kaszás, Katarina Šević, Viktor Kotun, Nóra Lajkó, Gergely László, Júlia László, Ágnes Éva Molnár, Péter Müllner, Szilvi Nagy, Péter Rákosi, Beatriz Schnee, Bea Selmeczi, Katalin Simon, Dániel Sipos, Zsófi Szemző, Gábor Szohr, Zsófi Váradi, Viktória Vass, Dániel Zafir.

Special thanks to Dániel Sipos for collaboration on texts and translation.

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