“Melodrama” is a solo “documentary performance” in which Eszter Salamon re-enacts interviews she made in 2006 and 2012 with a woman living in a small village in Southern Hungary and who happens to share her name. Reading her homonym, Salamon embodies the 62 year-old woman’s life-story and by memory revisits her gestures and intonations onstage. The result is a meditation not only on the possibility of getting inside another person’s skin, but the extent to which personal hopes and desires exceed the determinations of class, age, geography and religion.

Everything but drama! With impressive precision the artist Salamon stages the woman Salamon’s ordinary, yet intriguing life: a life of a worker, a mother, a woman, a person formed by the cultural context she lived in and lives. Beside of questioning the signature of the artist herself, these hours with Salamon are cleverly composed with trivialities, wonders and good laughs.

Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt, Artistic Director of WAW


Eszter Salamon is a choreographer, dancer and performer. Her work has been widely presented in Europe and Asia. Salamon is the author of many solos and as a dancer she has collaborated with such names as Sidonie Rochon, Mathilde Monnier and Francois Verret. The piece “Melodrama” premiered in June 2012 in the context of Berlin Documentary Forum 2 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

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