Zsófi Pálffy

Rethinking the context of performance

Mar - Apr 2020
playwright and theatre maker

Zsófi Pálffy is a playwright and theatre maker from Transylvania. She studied Theatre Sciences and Playwriting at the University of Arts (http://www.uat.ro/en.html) in Targu Mures, Transylvania, Romania and Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary. Zsófi lived in Hungary for 8 years where she was doing both background (festival organizing) and also foreground works of theatre making, such as critique writing or workshops facilitating in Budapest (creative writing workshops, monologue writing workshop at the Budapest Contemporary Drama Festival 2016).

She wrote two unconventional plays, which were both put on stage: The Blue Frankfurter – a bar play (2014) and this text was nominated in 2015 for the Vilmos-prize in Hungary. Farewell Therapy (2016) became the base of a theatre project dedicated to prevention and finding solutions for addicts called „Independents for Addicts”.

At the moment Zsófi is living in Transylvania, where she is working with local independent theatre makers on different projects. During her latest project, the Make a Move residency programme in Targu Mures she met Julianna Bloodgood and they started to develop together Clouds Passing By/Vital Space – an interethnical theatre living installation. Zsófi is mostly interested in theatre making processes, which are trying to rethink the context of a performance. Being a part of a bilingual region dealing with interethnic conflicts, she finds it important to be able to reflect on the specifics of society in general. She believes that art can be a really good platform to open new dialogues and perspectives when it comes to collective traumas and she likes assisting in building up performances from oral history/storytelling of the people on the spot.

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