Non Solus goes online in the program of Müpa Home and ECHO
Our cirque danse production, Non Solus that has been celebrated in some of the world’s most acclaimed cultural centres now goes online in the program of Müpa Home at 8:00 pm on 2nd May 2021. ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) will also stream the show at the same time. The network bringing together 18 of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls provides a unique forum to share knowledge and experience, and to encourage active collaboration through co-productions and the promotion of young artists.
Non Solus originally premiered in Hungary in 2015 in the Festival Theatre of Müpa Budapest. Created for two male performers, it reflects on humanity’s journey from birth to death depicted in the context of an apparently living, breathing, organic stage set. This symbiosis between living and non-living materials, between the artists and their setting, propels the story forward to its inevitable conclusion. The piece is performed by Renátó Illés and Gábor Zsiros, who were originally trained in circus and dance, respectively, and then cross-trained for the work. Non Solus is set to compositions by Bach, which alternate with contemporary electronic organ music—creating an aural space that underscores dramatic physical feats.
The production had its US premiere in New York’s prestigious Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a leading centre of contemporary arts, where the audience was enchanted by the performance’s beauty and unique quality. The New York Times published two reviews about Non Solus within a few days, writing that the meditative, evening-length piece “is no circus spectacle. It’s more like ballet in the air.”