Sunday, June 23, 2024

Dangerous Liaisons

Kiss Csaba
On the grounds of the novel of Pierre Cholderlos de Laclos






Le Vicomte de Valmont Béla Kálló 
Mme. de Merteuil Hermina G. Erdélyi
Mme. de Tourvel Mónika Pesitz
Mme. de Volanges Petronella Körmöci
Cécile de Volanges Júlia Kokrehel 
Le Chevalier D’Anceny Ervin Pálfi 



Set and costume designer
Nóra Cselényi 
Composer Ervin Erős 
Dramaturg B. R. Brestyánszki
 Set designer assistant Nándor Szilágyi
Fencing Lehel Soltis 
Assistant director / stage-manager
Zsuzsa Sinkovics
Prompter Erzsébet Vrestyák


Directed by: Zoltán Puskás


The epistolary novel of Choderlos de Laclos was born in the hayday of sentimental literature. Readers at the time read the effusive works with tearful eyes but contemporaries wrote about this novel that: "it appeared, heralding disaster, in the blood-flooded sky of the end of the 18th century". Avoiding every sentimentality, Laclos cruelly writes down the eternal fight of men and women, the battle for possession and domination over the other, the slough clothed in the golden glaze of passion and hypocrisy. He is harping on the eternal questions of human morality.
Those to whom it had been written knew what is what. The anger of the aristocracy followed the book for centuries, its publication was forbidden for a long time, punisment was rendered for its sale. Laclos aimed at the immoral life of aristocracy and though his pen was driven primarily by indignation, he applied
such literary devices and techniques that made the work a masterpiece.


Press coverage:
Both the plot and the characters of the Dangerous Liaisons dramatized from the epistolary novel are being stirred by the wiles that are motivated with viciousness and the intention and enjoyment of demoralization springing from the same. The demonic game of two shrivelled lovers still longing for each other - marquise Merteuil and viscount Valmont - takes place in the spirit of this. The final goal is a night spent together, but the peculiar price of this is that the man has to seduce the "saintly" Madame de Tourvel, with the obligation of presenting evident proof of his act. As the side thread of the story, Valmont en passant – true enough that through the marquise’s encouragement that is heated by personal revenge – seducts the "completely innocent and unpolished" Cécile Volanges as well, who is to be married to Mrs Merteuil’s ex-lover. The marquise in the meantime captivates the heart of young Danceny, a cavalier teaching the secrets of bel canto to his disciple, Cécile, and who falls into idyllic – and requited - love with Cécile.
- László Gerold, szinhaz.net