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László Göndör: Living the dream with Grandma


László Göndör


Creators: László Göndör and his grandmother, Éva Katona, wrote and edited the text from their conversations and recollections: Zsófia Bódi , Kornél Laboda, László Göndör

László Göndör - actor, director, writer, concept

Éva Katona - actor (sound, video) 

Kornél Laboda  - co-director, concept

Márk Bartha - sound desinger

Bence Somoskövi and Botond Nagy - soundrecorders

Máté Bredán - light designer

Ákos Papa Lengyel - technician

Gabriella Csoma - visual desinger

Alexandra Láng - sound and video editor, concept

Máté Bartha - director and DOP of the documentary film materials

Zsófi Bódi - sriptwriter, concept

Tamás Ördög - consultant

Lili Olga Horváth - psychological consultant, concept

Zsuzsi Szakács - production assistant

Andrea Ausztrics - creative producer 

Dániel Mayer - production manager

Special thanks: Ádám Fekete, Tamás Turai, Dániel Daoud, Rozi Szelecki, Leta Popescu, Péter Hajmási, Zoltán Ásmány, Nelli Orbán,  Katalin Farkas, Zsuzsa Bánkuti, Ómama Antique Shop

The production took place within the framework of the Staféta Program announced by the Municipality of Budapest.

Sponsors: Municipality of Budapest, Staféta, Füge Production, National Cultural Fund, Orlai Production Office, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Jewish Culture 2028, Endre Somogyi

Teaser of the play

Background of the project
In May 2020, in the middle of the pandemic and quarantine times, I decided to move in with my 97-year-old Holocaust survivor Grandmother for 32 days and carefully document the time spent together using audiovisual tools. My aim was to preserve this period in a way that with the help of the tools of theatre it could be relived anytime by me or others – opening up the doors to my Grandmother’s apartment and thoughts to anyone who wants to enter, until the end of time.

The focus and the target group of the show
The show is a duet between the Grandmother and her Grandson. There is one live character on stage, the Grandson (László Göndör), who – in the form of a live show, a farewell-evening – relives that month that he shared with his Grandmother by replaying sound and video materials recorded during this period. The night of the performance is the night when the Grandmother and the Grandson can be together for the last time. The show focuses on the Grandchild, who is currently stumbling on the verge of adulthood, struggling to strengthen his identity and define his own Jewishness, looking for answers to the question: what values do we retain deep down in ourselves that we can hold on to even when everything around us becomes uncertain?
The creative team behind the project consists of Jewish and non-Jewish artists, dedicated to finding out together what message can the peculiar life story of one of their members’ Holocaust-survivor grandmother offer to them and to others. Starting from the performer’s intimate relationship with her own grandmother, but going beyond its personal aspects, the show raises fundamental questions about how generations interact, while also attempting to examine the impact of the Holocaust on the third generation of survivors.
The show might thus be particularly identity-strengthening for all religious or non-religious second or third generations of Holocaust survivors who are concerned with questions about their own Jewish identity and the opportunities and burdens inherited with the intellectual and emotional legacy of their ancestors. More broadly, the show can be of interest to anyone with a Jewish or non-Jewish identity who is willing to confront and take stock of their inherited and self-acquired values upon which their identity is considered to be built.