Singing Youth, Judit Böröcz, Bence György Pálinkás and Máté Szigeti. Photo: © Zsófia Sivák

Singing Youth by Judit Böröcz, Bence György Pálinkás and Máté Szigeti


In socialist-era Hungary, public artworks were intended to inspire the people and idealise the political regime. Representing three youths, Singing Youth is a larger-than-life memorial statue by Greek sculptor Memos Makris, a political refugee in Hungary. In 1953, the statue was installed in front of a sports stadium in Budapest, where it still stands today, having survived the collapse of communism and later the demolition of the stadium and the building of a new one in its place.

In this acapella performance, also titled Singing Youth, a theatre maker, visual artist and composer team up to bring the sculpture to life. Composed of excerpts from newspaper articles, interviews and statements made by politicians over the years, the lyrics present the sculpture as a witness to political upheaval, current affairs and the use of arts and sports for political ends.