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Szerző/Author: Kékesi Kun Árpád (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest)
E-mail: kekesi.kun.arpad@kre.hu
Rövid életrajz/Bio: Árpád Kékesi Kun, PhD, dr. habil. is Associate Professor at the Department of Theater Studies, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest. He was chairman of the Committee of Theater and Film Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for twelve years and has been editor of Theatron since 1998. His research work and publications focus on 20th century and contemporary trends of director’s theater as well as the past and present of music theater (mostly staging operas). He is the author and editor of eleven books and more than seventy essays on various aspects of the performing arts. His recent publications include the English-language monograph, Ambiguous Topicality. A Philther of State-Socialist Hungarian Theatre,  published by L’Harmattan in 2021.
How to cite: Theatron Vol. 15, No. 4. (2021): 95–109.
Cím/Title (ENG): Performing Agitation. László Moholy-Nagy and the 1924 Special Issue of MA [Today] on Music and Theater

MA [Today] reflects the heterogeneity of theater after World War I and its 1924 special issue is a comprehensive document of the avant-garde ambition to renew mise-en-scène. Although MA was not a theater journal, it regularly published dramatic texts, performance reviews and manifesto-like essays on recent forms of staging. László Moholy-Nagy supported MA and its editor Lajos Kassák from Berlin, where he got involved in staging contemporary plays and operas. This paper addresses the question why the performing arts were especially important for Kassák’s circle and examines the relationship of MA to avant-garde theater movements. It also gives a brief survey of the Musik und Theaternummer with its introduction by Kassák before engaging with the theory and practice of experimental theater in Moholy-Nagy’s oeuvre.

Keywords: theatre, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, Lajos Kassák