In 2009, Kornél Mundruczó, film and theatre director, and Dóra Büki, theatre producer, founded PROTON THEATRE, a virtual artistic company organised around the director’s independent productions. Besides preserving maximum artistic freedom, their goal is ensure a professional structure for their independently produced theatre plays and projects. Chiefly, their performances are realized as international co-productions, and their frequent collaborators include the Wiener Festwochen; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; KunstenFestivalDesArts, Brussels; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; HELLERAU, Dresden. The ensemble has currently nine performances on repertoire. Besides productions directed by the artistic leader – namely, THE ICE (2006); FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT (2007); HARD TO BE A GOD (2010); DISGRACE (2012); DEMENTIA (2013); WINTERREISE (2015); IMITATION OF LIFE (2016) – they wish to provide space for the realisation of the company members’ ideas. In this spirit the following performances were created: LAST, directed by Roland Rába (2014) and 1 LINK, directed by Gergely Bánki (2015).
The performances of the PROTON THEATRE have been touring to more than 70 festivals during these years, from Festival d’Avignon through Adelaide Festival to Singapore International Festival, Seoul Bo:m Festival or the Züricher Theaterspektakel.