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71st Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: Sea Lavender or The Euphoria of Being

Éva Fahidi and Emese Cuhorka

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German Premiere on Sunday, January 24th, 2016: Éva Fahidi and The Symptoms, Budapest

A duet of two women:
The 90-year-old Jewish-Hungarian Auschwitz survivor Éva Fahidi teams up with the young dancer Emese Cuhorka.

Éva Fahidi, Budapest: my first memories go back to dancing. I’m dancing in front of a three-part mirror to the sounds of Saint-Saëns …, my mum is praising me for my skill.

Later – after Auschwitz and the Holocaust – Éva, aged 20, returns to Debrecen in Hungary: her mother and her little sister were immediately selected in front of her eyes on the ramp by Mengele and murdered in Auschwitz; her father fell victim to the conditions of imprisonment.

Since 2004 Éva Fahidi has dedicated herself to remembering her family and all of the other victims she saw passing by her as they went to the gas chambers: I talk my Holocaust out of myself. If I didn’t do this, I would be in a lunatic asylum. You can express yourself perfectly through dance.

The Budapest dance company The Symptoms discovered me and adopted me: we want to create something lasting and memorable.

Éva Fahidi has kept some of the clothes she wore as a young woman. They fit the young dancer Emese Cuhorka as if they were made for her: Is the boundary between the two women’s world permeable? Can personal experience be passed on? Or, conversely: is it possible for someone carrying such a heavy burden of memories to grasp the problems of a young woman today?

Together they venture into the dance duet on stage. A biographical dance theatre piece, in Hungarian with German surtitles.

Director: Réka Szabó | Lighting: Attila Szirtes

  • Sunday, 24 January 2016
  • 7.30pm
  • TAK Theater im Aufbau Haus
    Prinzenstrasse 85 F | 10969 Berlin
    Entrance above the Prinzenhof

Under the patronage of Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier