The 10 Selected Productions

Das Fest (The Celebration)

Based on the film by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov
Schauspiel Stuttgart

Premiere 20 April 2014
Das Fest

Das Fest. Maja Beckmann

© JU Ostkreuz

  • Duration 1h 50, no interval

Past Dates

Public discussion on 12 May, following the performance
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Bar

It is a very distinctive, crazy imagery that Christopher Rüping has created here, far removed from the severe and sterile style of the original film: A stage fantasy that is sometimes hard to bear in its gaudiness, and then again produces clear, evocative, cuttingly emphatic moments. A company of terrific young actors carries this show. Much of what they do was obviously developed in improvisation, is unfinished – an impressive, ambitious “cooperative work”, that much is clear. It is uncanny how something can shift from pure high spirits to the quietest of gravity (and back again): The abuse, the story’s issue, cannot be grasped, cannot be expressed, and remains forever hurtful. And so no one looks for explanations that would only turn out to be lies and excuses. No answers, just delicate images, moments of terror, suspicions, palpitations, provoking mood-swings, careless nonchalance. Everyone plays every role, falling out of character in an instant, embodying both victim and culprit. And yet everyone stands alone, lost in the colourful rain of confetti that never quite comes on cue. A disturbing, perfidious game of juggling prejudices and condemnations, guilt and betrayal.

Directed by Christopher Rüping
Stage design Jonathan Mertz
Costume design Lene Schwind
Music Christoph Hart
Dramaturgy Bernd Isele

Maja Beckmann
Paul Grill
Pascal Houdus
Matti Krause
Svenja Liesau
Christian Schneeweiß

On the piano Norbert Waidosch