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The home theatre operating in Dohány Street in the counterculture environment of the 60s and 70s in Budapest is known to many from urban legends, photographs, and written documents – in a second-hand, fragmented way. It is the photographic capturing of mostly spontaneous, continuously changing performances which is able to “picture” these events, places, and people, however, at the same time it is in conflict with the basics of the initiative, inasmuch as it makes picture space – however involuntarily – stage-like. The attitude of the photographers recording performances is not the one belonging to an external observer – in such a closed environment this would not have been maintainable –; they are all friends, participants, “performers of the second publicity”.

After 1972, public stages became inaccessible for the theatre group founded by Péter Halász, Anna Koós, and Péter Breznyik. Two possibilities seemed available to continue their activity: to used a private apartment (the Dohány-street flat of Halász and Koós) or – to a lesser extent – to use nature as a stage (Szentendre Island or Balatonboglár Chapel for a couple of days); this way they could move away from the official examinations of the authorities.


In 1976 the founders of the company left Hungary, and moved to Paris. Later they continued to stage their pieces under the name 'Squat Theatre' in New York.

Apartment Theatre (1972-1991) Episodes from the History of Dohány Street Apartment Theatre (1972-76)

Apartment Theatre (1972-1991) Apartment Theatre (1972-1991)