Squat Theatre

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SQUAT THEATRE in Paris
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Squat Theatre Company Together in Paris, Place des Abbesses
SQUAT THEATRE On 23rd. St. NY
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Pig, Child, Fire!
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Andy Warhol's Last Love
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Squat Theatre is a Hungarian company that founded an experimental theater on W 23rd St. in New York City from 1978 to 1994.

Biography[edit]

Founded by artists in the late 1960s, Squat Theatre began during the Cold War in Budapest. Members of the group were expelled from Hungary in the early 1970s for their views. They were known as Kassak Studio. After spending a year and working in Paris and Rotterdam they moved to 23rd. Street, NY in 1977. Members of the company were: Stephan Balint, Eszter Balint, Peter Berg, Eva Buchmuller, Eric Daillie, Peter Halasz, Galus Halasz, Anna Koos, Boris Major, Rebecca Major, Klara Palotai, Agnes Santha.

Works[edit]

Pig! Child! Fire! is a 1981 re-staging of a 1977 performance. Based on the confessions of Nikolai Stavrogin to Father Tikhon in Dostoyesvsky's Demons. The performance includes a live goat, a giant sculpture of a man hanging upside down, motifs from late-1940s gangster movies, music by the influential German group Kraftwerk, and Antonin Artaud's incendiary letter to Andre Breton. Squat Theatre member's Children share a meal with their mother while engaged in conversation before the audience.

All plays were staged in their storefront theatre with 23rd street as a backdrop which became their trademark. Squat Theatre was on West 23rd Street near to the Chelsea Hotel its first home in New York.

References[edit]

  • Wilmeth, Don B.; C. W. E. Bigsby (2000). The Cambridge History of American Theatre. Cambridge University Press. p. 274. ISBN 0-521-47204-0. 
  • Bertens, Hans (1998). International Postmodernism: Theory and Literary Practice. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 133. ISBN 90-272-3445-0. 
  • Buchmuller, Eva; Koos, Anna. Squat Theatre 1996 Artist Space ISBN 0-9636372-2-3
  • Gussow, Mel (1998). Evoking Bohemian Memories. The New York Times January 20, 1989: Section C; Page 3, Column 1; Weekend Desk. 

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