Nibelung Residential Park
Nibelung Residential Park (original title: A Nibelungen-lakópark, German translation: Nibelungen Wohnpark), a 2004 play by Hungarian playwright János Térey, is a satirical slice of modern-day life in Hungary cast in the framework of Nordic mythology. This overarching, multi-layered work steeped in Wagnerian opera gives a macabre overall picture of present-day Hungary through the prism of Nordic and modern-day mythology. Térey’s extraordinarily witty verses make even the most profane lines sound archaic, metamorphosing each all-too-worldly and absurd scene into a myth. This peculiar dual nature of the play, in which modern reality is coupled with myth, colloquialisms with rigid verse form, and Wagner with terrorism, makes it a unique work of Hungarian dramatic literature.
Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó made a TV film (Nibelung-lakópark, 2009) out of the legendary staging of this play by Krétakör, one of the leading ensembles in Hungary’s independent theatre scene. For the setting he used the infamous former psychiatric institute Lipót, whose dilapidated premises sort well with the apocalyptic theme. This* clip shows the film’s introduction, in which the main dramatis personae are presented.