"The diversity of Csaba Antal's work as a set designer is captivating, but this diversity does not mean neutrality or lack of identity. His art is expressed in the richness of his solutions and in his great journeys with important texts or famous operas. He is a man of the theatre who is stranger to the slightest insult. He does not attack the theatre, he embraces it. Csaba Antal belongs to a family of artists who believe in the power of the theatre, who believe in its ability to create the world. And this exhibition confirms that beyond all doubt." Georges Banu
After graduating as an architect, Csaba Antal studied scenography with Joseph Svoboda in Prague and then continued his studies at the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris.
During his career he has worked at the Katona József Theatre and the Vígszinház in Budapest, the Comédie Française, Théâtre de l'Odéon in Paris, the Théâtre Nationale in Strasbourg, the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the Teatro Argentina in Rome, the Volsbühne in Berlin, the Teatro Fondazione in Emilia Romagna, the Fundació Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, in Epidaurus. He has also designed the sets and costumes at the following opera houses: Opernhaus Zurich, Oper Bonn, Oper Wiesbaden, Baadisches Staatstheater de Karlsruhe, Staatsoper Berlin, Prinzregenten Theater Munich, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Oper Leipzig, Bayreuth Markgräflisches Opernhaus.
He has also received numerous awards and honors: his work has been exhibited at the Quadrennial in Prague and the Triennial in Novi Sad, in Serbia, at the Avignon Festival, at the Kunsthalle and the Petit Palais in Paris. He is a founding member of the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe, founded by Giorgio Strehler in 1989.
He has taught at the SZFE in Budapest, the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft in Giessen, the Théatre Nationale in Strasbourg, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Harward University in Boston/Cambridge, the IUAV in Venice, ENSATT in Lyon, the Mali Theatre in Moscow, the Paris Conservatoire and the Theaterakademie in Munich.
The exhibition "Eternal Yorick - Lifebook Antal Csaba", hosted by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj during the 8th edition of the Interferences International Theatre Festival , is a retrospective of a life in theatre, as its name suggests. Csaba Antal is one of the first UTE members and has been on the UTE Board of Directors since 2020.
Photo credits: Biró István
Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.