The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

Abroad Bodó directs primarily in German-speaking areas. In Schauspielhaus Graz he has been a returning guest since 2007, the first full year of director Anna Badora.

His first work here was an adaptation of another Kafka: The Castle, followed a year later by Alice inspired by Lewis Carroll. For the latter, he received the Nestroy Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the Austrian theatrical profession, for “Best Director” that season. At the Styria Theatre, his last two directions – Peter Handke’s The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other and Ferenc Molnar’s Liliom – are still on the repertory.

Peter Handke’s The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other with no text is an ideal choice for this special situation when Bodó want to bring half of Sputnik company to play alongside the Austrian performers.

Yet another truly entertaining musical show, The Hour uses both actual music and the music of movements, noises and silences in a way not unlike the great master Christoph Marthaler, while also employing the medium of film in a central role, showing us the action on stage with a hand-held camera. Everyday situations see the characters cross their paths, freeze for a moment, then go on doing their daily chores, while mini-houses show family portraits and sudden, light dance bits lighten our hearts.

The Hour was invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen in 2010, a first for Schauspielhaus Graz and was referred to as “the theatrical event of the year” in Moscow. The Autumn Festival brought it to Hungary’s National Theatre for two shows.

Since The Hour’s big success, Bodó directed Ferenc Molnár’s Liliom and Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita in Graz both to great critical and popular acclaim.

Beyond his wonderful Hungarian actors Bodó’s artistic team includes his crucially important interpreter and dramaturg, Anna Veress (Bodó speaks neither German, nor English) and returning designers Fruzsina Nagy and Tamás Bányai.