Bethlen Theater
Come and have a taste of Chicago!

… okay, not quite Chicago but almost: the location of our small theatre is called „Csikágó” because its rapid growth and development reminded people of Chicago.

Even if you stay in Budapest for a short time, it is good to visit a cultural spot – we offer a variety of performances even for those who do not speak Hungarian.

Every month you find dance performances (both contemporary and folk) and concerts in our programme.


2 Mar / 19 h (p.m.)
Patak (Brook)–From Fountain to Sea
Deep Folk Trance – Vast musical spaces, sublte, deep emotions, visceral roots and trance, via Hungarian and Transylvanian folk songs.

3 Mar / 19 h (p.m.) Saumya Shukla – Kathak Artist:
Stories of India – An evening of Indian
Classical Dance by Ms.Saumya Shukla & Friends

6-7 Mar / 19 h (p.m.) Stern Lili – LOOP POOL

19-20 Mar / 19 h (p.m.)
Melinda Petery/ Notre DanceNerveless brain / (te)nder
Virtual matchmaking, or the rise of the meat market in our day.

22-23 Mar / 19 h (p.m.)
Gangaray Dance CompanyIris
Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once. Space is what prevents everything from happening to me. /John Archibald Wheeler/


12 Jan / 7 p.m.
Feledi Project: The Waves
– impressions, feelings, rolling thoughts and visions about ourselves and others –
The Waves is a monologue of six people whose lifes are connected from childhood to old age. Life is interwoven by short moments to which we do not pay attention but have their mark upon or inside us forever.
The performance reflects the world created by Virginia Woolf, that is the complex mixture of frustration, joy, tenderness and loneliness.

18 Jan / 7 p.m.
Zadam Company: exPre
– premier –
The performance deals with the shaping and functioning of the human mind, comparing it with the animal existence, confronting it with artificial intelligence.

19 Jan / 7 p.m.
IN-PACT: Desdemonium
– Ambition programme –
The special duo – KERTÉSZ Mónika opera singer and HALÁSZ Gábor dancer-choreographer – snatch Desdemona’s character from Rossini’s opera, Othello and put it into today’s world.

22 Jan / 7 p.m.
Klári Pataky Dance Company: Like a landscape…
– premier –
With the new communities, created by the world of internet, there is a new era of social relations and friendships. Does this era make us lonely?
Relations. Loosen up. Tied again. Lost opportunities.Labyrinthine textile. Like a landscape… Mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, deserts, dense forests, bare plateaus, dark ditches…

25 Jan / 7 p.m.
Udvarhely Néptáncműhely: Statements
The performance aims to demonstrate the relations and differences between man and woman, with the tools of traditional folk dance.



1 Dec / 7 p.m.
Blaskó Borbála: Csajka
– based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull

Performance dealing with general problems of the world, with insolvable questions, without evident answers. With undecided directions, antagonistic views, fathomless relations. With hunger for love without love.

7-8 Dec / 7 p.m.
Gangaray Artistic Program: Lyre / In a swirl
– premier –
One night, two performances!
Lyrical performance, based on structural forms, a telling style, poetrical pictures, shapes and of course, music.
In a swirl
Performance with thunderous meetings, short intimacy hidden in the force of a moment. How do people feel each other in one moment where there is only little time to get to know one another?

11 Dec / 7 p.m.
Foundry Dance Theater: Losing one’s soul
– Ambition programme –
– premier –
The main goal of the performance is to show the process of how one’s soul wastes away; which are the factors that help the body becoming soulless.

13 Dec / 7 p.m.
Living Picture Theatre: Salon
– premier –
excerpts from the lives of Women in Red
visual movement theatre
Female sculptures brought to life, reform themselves and their relations again and again with gestures abstracted from women’s typical life situations, to the soul-lifting dissonant melodies composed for bandoneón of the famous Argentine composer Astor Piazzola.


2 Nov / 6, 7, 8 p.m.
3-4 Nov / 11, 12 a.m., 5, 6, 7, 8 p.m.
Living Picture Theatre / The Carpet
Oriental, visual performance for 4 people on ocassion of the Day of the Dead – without shoes!

13 Nov / 7 p.m.
Feledi Project / The Waves 
– impressions, feelings, rolling thoughts and visions about ourselves and others –
– premier –
The performance reflects the world created by Virginia Woolf.

18 Nov / 7 p.m.
Miskolc National Theater – Miskolc Ballet / Black NoiseSissi Autumn Dance Week
A remake of the original version created in 2002, Black Noise is about the primal forces which work in all of us. Problems faced by minorities stem from problems faced by all our societies.

19 Nov / 7 p.m.
GG Dance Company / Carnations and RosesSissi Autumn Dance Week
Love has been the moving force behind human thought for centuries; the choreographer examines love and passion from the perspective of the brain.

20 Nov / 7 p.m.
Fót Secondary School of Folk Art / Our past and presentSissi Autumn Dance Week
The faculty of folk dance  aims to meet modern theatrical requirements based on authenticity, though open to encounter contemporary dance techniques as well.

Their programme features a selection of their recent productions.

21 Nov / 7 p.m.
Kecskemét City Ballet / Dances of KecskemétSissi Autumn Dance Week
Zoltán Kodály was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and he was born in Kecskemét. The performance is nourished by Kodály intellectual heritage, intends to bring the essence of the composer thoughts by linking them to a more global context in other aspects of life.

22 Nov / 7 p.m.
Bihari János Dance Ensemble / Rapture montageSissi Autumn Dance Week
The happy, and sometimes a bit sad show tells us about the duality of Hungarian traditions; narrating about tradition, wine, bickering, life, death, about happiness in a sad way, about sadness in a happy way, not trivially…

23 Nov / 7 p.m.
Central Europe Dance Theatre / PolySissi Autumn Dance Week
– dynamics of social relationships or modern love affairs –
The play is a collaboration of Eryk Makohon (the founder and head of Cracow Dance
Theatre) and the Central Europe Dance Theatre. The choreography was inspired by the changes of relationships.

24 Nov / 7 p.m.
Figura Studio Theatre / The Only One • Sissi Autumn Dance Week
– Theatrical Assassination on a Body –
It would be a pity not to notice that every single one of us is exceptional. The play emerged out of this recognition with the purpose that the end product itself to be self-identical. It examines the different roles of femininity, occasionally being critical to itself, at times telling a tale casually, at other times by summoning it and truly embodying it.

27-28 Nov / 7 p.m.
Lior Lazarof: Halved
– premier –
Halved deals with power in relationships and the way it appears in intimacy. Attempts to deal with the location of desire within various power struggles. The piece tries to reflect contradictory internal processes which leave us divided: wanting one thing and acting the other.

30 Nov / 7 p.m.
Blaskó Borbála: Csajka
– based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull –

Performance dealing with general problems of the world, with insolvable questions, without evident answers. With undecided directions, antagonistic views, fathomless relations. With hunger for love without love.


12 Oct / 7 p.m.
Aldebaran Company / Inclusion or the amber existence

13 Oct / 7 p.m.
Carmina Burana
– University of Kaposvár, actor undergraduates, 4th class –

18 Oct / 7 p.m.
IN-PACT / Desdemonium

19 Oct / 7 p.m.
DART / Nesama

25 Oct / 7 p.m.
PR-Evolution Dance Company / 2Me
– mini festival –

26 Oct / 7 p.m.
PR-Evolution Dance Company / Blue men, … and white
– mini festival –

27 Oct / 7 p.m.
PR-Evolution Dance Company / Kaleidoscope – rearranged
– mini festival –

30 Oct / 7 p.m.
Rita Gobi Company / Snapdragons


5 April / 7 PM
Carmina Burana
– University of Kaposvár, actor undergraduates, 3rd class –
dance / contemporary

13 April / 7 PM
M. KECSKÉS András: Don Q and IQ

17 April / 7 PM
dot.Consla: SOS levitation
dance / contemporary

28 April / 7 PM
Central Europe Dance Theatre: Epidemic / One more!
– Young Choreographers’ Platform –
dance / contemporary


4 May / 7 PM
Living Picture Theatre: Tara’s Shell

9 May / 7 PM
Carmina Burana
– University of Kaposvár, actor undergraduates, 3rd class –

12 May / 7 PM
FINTA Gábor: Deus Ex Machina

14 May / 7 PM
„Dialogue” concert – FERENCZI György and CSOÓRI Sándor Sündi

15-19 May
8th International Monodance Festival
Program: click here!

27 May / 7 PM
Dart Company: Nesama

30 May / 7 PM
Tomas Danielis: The Game – work in progress

Program archive