June 5, 2001
2 h 15 min. (1 intermission)
The performance includes some nudity.
What will happen when a dark, family secret is revealed? What if such a reveal occurs at father’s 60th birthday party? And what if the head of the family is the key suspect? “The Celebration” directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna uncompromisingly reveals dark ins and outs of family relationships, balancing between tragedy and farce. It is a suspenseful story about the fight for truth – a fight that everyone has to fight for themselves.
Jarzyna’s groundbreaking performance is based on a renowned movie “Festen” directed by Thomas Vintenberg and Mogens Rukov – the first and best picture of Danish Dogma.
The performance has been successfully presented at major international festivals. The cast includes the most recognized Polish theatre and film actors and actresses: Andrzej Chyra, Jan Peszek, Magdalena Cielecka, Aleksandra Popławska, Marek Kalita, Ewa Dałkowska, Katarzyna Herman, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Adam Woronowicz.
For organized post-gymnasium school groups we offer introductory workshops to the performance (please contact the education department: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details).
direction and musical arrangement: Grzegorz Jarzyna
text: Mogens Rukov, Thomas Vinterberg
stage adaptation: Bo Hr. Hansen
translation: Elżbieta Frątczak-Nowotny
set design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
costume design: Magdalena Maciejewska
music: Paweł Mykietyn / Piotr Domiński
choreography: Iwona Olszowska
lighting design: PiotrPawlik / Jacqueline Sobiszewski
director’s assistant: Jacek Poniedziałek / Andrzej Bartnikowski
scenographer’s assistant: Aleksandra Marczewska
fot. Kuba Dąbrowski
“An amazing theatrical machinery, a pure gem.”
“(…) Grzegorz Jarzyna’s, aka H 7, performance is a shocking accusation against a society that lives in a lie.”
“Jarzyna, a fan of Hitchcock, turns out to be quite the master of suspense himself. He builds up and stresses the tension, brings the scenes into crescendo and then makes them crash just before the climax. He contrasts mass scenes with individual pictures brilliantly editing them into a whole using movie methods. “The Celebration” becomes a thriller on stage. (…) the entire time something rustles, whispers and crackles spookingly. The music and lights are used to create a distressing atmosphere, there the ghosts of the past are present.”
“Jarzyna (…) is directly addressing that corner of our minds that remembers the shudder-inducing family reunions, where unresolved grievances rattle like spook-house skeletons. This dysfunctional-family drama is unfolding in front of the audience like a naturalistic horror in the Grand Guignol theatre. Such approach has its cathartic potential. Grzegorz Jarzyna has structured the play to resamble an exorcism that takes its protagonists — and its audience — through an inky, phantom-filled darkness (…).”
“Jarzyna’s work is top-notch, with no reservations. This is a phenomenal play.”
St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York (20-29.04.2012)
Jeruzalem Festival, Israel (04-05.06.2004)
Dublin, Ireland (28-31.01.2004)
Festival of the Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Łódź (10-11.01.2004)
Spielart, Munich (24-25.10.2004)
Festiwal Lift , London (30.10-02.11.2002)
36. Festiwal Bitef, Belgrade (23-24.09.2002)
56. Festival d’Avignon, France (17-20.07.2002)
Wiener Festwochen, Austria (21-24.05.2002)
Hebbel am Ufer Theater, Berlin (19-21.04.2002)
1st International Theatre Festival „Dialog”, Wrocław (08-10.10.2001)
Copyright to the play “The Celebration” is represented in Poland by Elżbieta Manthey ADiT agency.