Duration: 2 h 10


J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace is the story of David Lurie, a fifty-two-year-old professor of English at a university in Cape Town, South Africa. Dismissed from his teaching position after he seduces a student, deprived of his privileges and his colleagues respect he travels to his daughter’s farm. In the confrontation with his new situation and the aftermath of a subsequent tragedy he is forced to reconsider his whole life. The eponymous disgrace takes on many shades in the novel. It refers both to Lurie and his daughter, to the relations between the white and black residents of South Africa and to the stance people display towards animals dying at a veterinary clinic. Lurie says: “I am sunk into a state of disgrace from which it will not be easy to lift myself. It is not a punishment I have refused. I do not murmur against it. On the contrary, I am living it out from day to day, trying to accept disgrace as my state of being.” Kornél Mundruczó says of Disgrace: “I think that there are very few texts which portray the image of our times in such an authentic way.” In his view the novel touches upon problems which are also current in Europe, i.e. the consequences of colonialism and cultural dominance. The play he has based on the novel resembles a reality show. As in his previous productions, he is interested in the confronting of a documentary approach and sociologic reflection with theatrical fiction.

The play has been co-produced by Malta Festival Poznań.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Set and costume designer: Márton Ágh
Dramaturgy: Viktória Petrányi
Music: János Szemenyei

Cast: Annamária Làng, Lili Monori, Kata Wéber, Gergely Bánki, László Katona, Zsolt Nagy, Roland Rába, János Szemenyei, B., Miklós Székely, Sándor Zsótér

Production Manager: Dóra Büki
Production Assistant: Kata Szeder
Technical Manager and Lighting Designer: András Éltető
Sound Operators: Zoltán Belényesi / János Rembeczki
Props: Gergely Nagy
Dresser: Stone Patrick Matondo
Production: Proton Cinema & Theatre

Co-production: Wiener Festwochen, Festival d'Avignon, KunstenFestivalDesArts, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Malta Festival Poznań, Hebbel am Ufer, Romaeuropa 2012
Première: 17 May 2012

Support:Węgierski Instytut Kultury w Warszawie