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THE CELEBRATION (FESTEN) at EMS Foyer from 18 November (09/01/2017)



The National Theatre of Northern Greece presents “THE CELEBRATION” (FESTEN) by Thomas Vintenberg, Mogens Rukov, Bo hr. Hansen at the Foyer of the Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies. Theatrical adaptation: David Eldridge. Translation: Aliki Danezi Knutsen, Manolis Dounias. Direction: Giannis Paraskevopoulos. Opening: 18 November 2016
 
Not permitted to people under the age of 18.

 


 
“Festen” was introduced to the Greek audience by the Thomas Vinterberg film, which rocked the cinematic world of the time when it was first screened in 1998. It was the first film of Dogme 95, the filmmaking movement created by Lars von Trier, together with other Danish filmmakers to create a film form, which would not rely on the technical means, special effects and contracts that give viewers an illusion of reality. “What we did in ‘Festen’ was closely connected to theatre, I guess the most the two arts can connect”, said Vinterberg. In 2004, David Eldridge adapted the film for the theatre. A masterpiece that focuses on family and could be considered a modern tragedy.

 


 
During a family gathering, the harmony that prevailed for years in the Hansen family home gets disturbed. The honoured person is the father, Helge, a successful businessman, who celebrates his sixtieth birthday surrounded by his family members and close friends. The well-hidden family secrets are revealed, but without really shocking anyone.
 
Giannis Paraskevopoulos, who has already directed 13 plays for the NTNG, says: “Dogme 95 was created by a group of directors and aimed at creating a more pure cinematic form. It was a way for directors to react against the domination of producers and film traditions giving viewers the illusion of reality. The film industry became a ‘glamorous situation’ at the expense of the characters and the plot, at the expense of the character seen on the screen. At a time when the theatre in many cases is also a ‘glamorous open situation’, the potential of putting on ‘Festen’ makes me feel the need to create along with my colleagues our DOGME and to look again at what the core of theatre is: Man”.
 


 
Helge Hansen is performed by Vassilis Spyropoulos and Christian Hansen by Christos Stylianou.
 
Translation: Aliki Danezi Knutsen, Manolis Dounias. Lyrics: Magdalini Bekri. Direction: Giannis Paraskevopoulos. Sets-Costumes: Sofia Papadopoulou. Music: Manos Mylonakis. Movement: Alexis Tsiamoglou. Lighting: Stratos Koutrakis. 1st Assistant Director: Aris Ninikas. 2nd Assistant Director: Giorgos Chiotis. Assistant Set Designer: Danai Pana. Assistant Lighting Designers:  Ifigeneia Gianniou, Athanasia Lazou, Stamatia Sapatori. Production co-ordination: Eva Koumandraki.
 
Cast (in order of appearance): Christos Stylianou (Christian), Stefania Zora (Little Girl), Konstantinos Hatzisavas (Michael), Stavroula Arabatzoglou (Mette), Konstantinos Liaros (Lars), Ioanna Pagiataki (Helene), Giolanda Balaoura (Else), Vassilis Spyropoulos (Helge), Clio Danae Othoneou (Pia), Nikos Kapelios (Helmut), Alexandros Tsakiris (Grand-dad), Nefeli Anthopoulou (Paula), Giannis Paraskevopoulos (Kim), Vassilis Papageorgiou (Gbatokai)

 

 
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Wednesday 18:00
Thursday-Friday-Saturday 21:00
Sunday 19:00
 
TICKET PRICES
 
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General Admission: 5 €
 
FRIDAY
Regular Ticket (Orchestra seats): 10 €
Discount Ticket (Balcony seats, Students, 65+): 8 €
Group Ticket (over 20 persons): 7 €
 
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Regular Ticket (Orchestra seats): 13 €
Regular Ticket (Balcony seats): 10 €
Discount Ticket (Students, 65+): 8 €
Group Ticket (over 20 persons): 7 €
 

 
 
Unemployed: Free Entrance (to all NTNG productions)
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TEACHERS: 10 €
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