Transitions Central Europe: The Day of Fury / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Transitions Central Europe: The Day of Fury

Árpád Schilling

Transitions 3. Central Europe

11-12 ΝΟV 2015
11-12 ΝΟΕ 2015 20:30 [Source:]
Main Stage
Transitions 3 opens with the world première of Árpád Schilling’s new and eagerly-awaited play. A musical of those in revolt: a tragi-comic work inspired by a Hungarian nurse in black heralds the much anticipated return to Athens of the award-winning director.
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A passionate doubter of staged compromises, the acclaimed Hungarian director Árpád Schilling (b. 1974) returns to Athens with a work inspired by a real-life story: a nurse who stepped forward in early 2015 to make a public speech of unprecedented honesty. This woman exposed the medieval state of Hungary’s health system. Handing in her resignation immediately after, she dressed in black and called on her co-workers to take to the streets in protest against unprofessional and inhumane conditions in their country’s hospitals. Her personality inspired Schilling to create a comic tragedy with songs for all those who find themselves on the margins of contemporary European history.

It has already been eight years since the theatre group Krétakör last performed in Greece, in the context of the 2007 Athens festival, with the unforgettable production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, a hymn to raw beauty and ‘bare’ truth.  Since then, however, Schilling has moved away from repertory theatre. Embracing a theatre of political and social responsibility on the borders of fiction and reality, dedicated to those who manage to escape ruling systems, Schilling savages the totalitarian practices of the Hungarian government under communism.

Such is the production The Day of Fury, subtitled ‘Musical didactics with catharsis’, which will have its world premiere in a co-production with the Onassis Cultural Centre, the pioneering theatre Trafo, Budapest, and the theatre group Krétakör. ‘If the main principle of a free market is that each struggles for one’s self, then who will protect the victims of this new battle?’, asks Schilling. Indeed his work defends a new kind of humanity and a new theatre, playful as well as pedagogical on the tracks of Bertolt Brecht, who has also inspired the name of Schilling’s company. 

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Director: Árpád Schilling
Performers: Lilla Sárosdi, Annamária Láng, Roland Rába, Judit Meszléry, Milla Kata Kovács
Script: Éva Zabezsinszkij, Árpád Schilling and the performers
Music: Krisztián Vranik
Lyrics: Péter Závada
Costume design: Borbála Keszei
Technical Director: András Éltető
Sound: Andras Bartha
Assistant: Csilla Bereczki
Production Manager: Edina Schőn
Executive Manager: Linda Potyondi
Translation into Greek: Manouela Berki

Co-production: Krétakör, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens, TRAFÓ
World Premiere: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

With English surtitles.

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November
After performance talk with Árpád Schilling (Language: English, with simultaneous translation)
Chaired by:
Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre (Wednesday 11 November)
Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens
(Thursday 12 November)

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November
Theatre workshop with Árpád Schilling

13 Nov 2015

Cost: 16 €


Transitions Central Europe: Theatre workshop with Árpád Schilling

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