Length of 100 Needles is a compelling and surrealistic performance in masks accompanied by live music. The title comes from an old Hungarian saying meaning to labour in vain. Josef Nadj plays a magician. Objects, sounds, spaces and people change their meaning and function at each moment on stage – in an almost imperceptible way. Still, deep down, they all remain themselves in this perpetual variation. Despite his use of myth, iconography and discontinuity, the characters become familiar and personal.
In Josef Nadj’s theatre everything is being born, changing and fluctuating right before our eyes. Even those components which are certainly constructed beforehand seem to be created at that very moment. The composition and improvisation in the dance and music form an exceptional unity rarely experienced in the theatre.
Performers: Jozef Nadj, Gyork Szakonyi, Ishii Junya, Gyula Francia, Enike Budai, Akos Kalmar, Peter Gemza
Musicians: Silard Mezei, Branislav Aksin, Kornel Papista, Bogdan Rankovic, Albert Markos, Ervin Malina, Istvan Cik
Music by: SZILARD MEZEI
Directed by JOZEF NADJ
Video by: Attila Ivan
Jozef Nadj is one of Europe’s well known contemporary actors and directors. He is the director of the contemporary dance theatre Centré Chorégraphique d'National Orléans’ and the founder of JEL Theatre in Magyarkanizsa.
Nadj has spent twenty years at the forefront of European avant-garde theatre.
His work won several awards and prices. Amongst others he received la Légion d'Honneur by the French Republic for his cultural works. Jozef Nadj and his company are regular performers throughout Europe, North and South America, Russia, Japan and Israel. Based on movement, live music and metaphorical images Nadj’s performances are examples of non-naturalistic and non-narrative often surreal European experimental theatre.