“Mingling humor and tragedy in a deft production enthralling to behold, Our Secrets starkly paints the politics of the present precisely in terms of the buried secrets of the past."
— American Theatre
1980’s Communist Budapest, amateur folk dancing, disturbing secrets, and government surveillance intertwine to form Our Secrets, performed by the internationally acclaimed ensemble Béla Pintér and Company. Infused with live music and dancing, Our Secrets tells the story of a musician forced to choose between exposing his own criminal sexual behavior and dooming his community.
By turns hilarious and devastating, and thematically reminiscent of the Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others, this epic tale uncovers a generation of artists who learn the hard way that there is no such thing as a right to privacy. Our Secrets offers a searing and incisive look at Hungary’s past while providing a blueprint for the present day.
BAC's presentation of Our Secrets is part of a three-destination U.S. Tour made possible thanks to leadership support from Trust for Mutual Understanding, and including Hopkins Center for the Arts (Dartmouth) and Arts Emerson (Boston).
What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You
Our Secrets at Baryshnikov Arts Center
Review: Hungarians Bare Their Dark Side in ‘Our Secrets’
Béla Pintér and Company
Founded in 1998, Béla Pintér and Company is a leader in the independent theatre scene in Budapest, and Béla Pintér is considered of the most influential playwrights, directors and actors working in Hungary today. While deeply rooted in classical theatre tradition, Pintér’s singular approach to playwriting fuses comedy, tragedy and live music to create original, accessible and personal approaches to life’s absurdities and current events.
Although the communist regime and system of surveillance depicted in Our Secrets was disbanded in 1989, Hungary’s present day cultural scene has been rocked by a rapid return to government control of artistic choice. Despite these aggressive political divisions, Béla Pintér and Company is dedicated to creating contemporary productions based on critical and ironic observations of Hungarian society.