The Terrible Children

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Synopsis

In Philip Glass’s work, reality and fantasy place the story in ever different fractures of light at simultaneous times, playing off of the genres of opera and ballet.

Paul and Elisabeth (Lise), the unique siblings, live in their own special fantasy world, in an apartment where their dying mother lives in the adjoining room. Paul is wounded when his schoolmate Dargelos hits him with a snowball, forcing Paul to stay home until he recovers. Locked together, the siblings become increasingly detached from the outside world, living their fantasies in their interdependent relationship. They have named this the Game which, although it starts out innocent enough, becomes increasingly perverse, especially as a result of the trauma they experience following their mother’s death and the fact they are locked up together. Their friend Gérard is the only person they allow inside, as a kind of audience for the Game.

Lise starts to become bored with being locked up and starts modelling for a milliner. This is where she meets her new colleague Agathe, who she invites to their place. Agathe bears a striking resemblance to Dargelos, which causes the internal tension in the room to slowly become impossible to bear. Lise’s next attempt to break free is marriage: she has chosen the wealthy Michael, who soon afterwards ends up dying in a car accident.  

Paul falls increasingly in love with Agathe, which Lise is unable to accept: she does everything she can to thwart their love, first trying to get Agathe to fall for Gerard and then resorting to hiding Paul’s love letter to Agathe. Since he does not receive a reply to his letter, Paul resorts to taking poison. He finds out about Lise’s scheming too late: the poison has already had its effect. The Game, which had at first seemed innocent and based on dominance, ends up leading to tragedy.

Program and cast

Conductor
Péter Dobszay
Elisabeth (voice)
Laura Topolánszky
Elisabeth (dance)
Jessica Carulla Leon
Inès Furuhashi-Huber
Paul (voice)
Lőrinc Kósa
Paul (dance)
Carlos Taravillo Mahillo
Gérard (voice)
Botond Ódor
Gérard (dance)
Kristóf Morvai
Agathe / Dargelos (voice)
Zsófia Kálnay
Agathe (dance)
Ildikó Boros
Dargelos (dance)
András Rónai
Narrator
Szemenyei János
Mother (dance)
Zsófia Gyarmati
Ágnes Riedl
Michael (dance)
Miklós Dávid Kerényi
Housekeeper (dance)
Sorokina Nadezhda
Doctor (dance)
Francesco Sardella
Uncle (dance)
István Kohári
András Szegő
Young lady (dance)
Anita Tiffany Pesel
Ágnes Riedl
Featuring on piano

Eiffel Art Studios Park

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