Festen

Festen is a story in three parts: cinema, theatre and family. As well as being a remarkably well-made film, it is a also piece of dramatic writing in its own right. Following on from the success of Nobody, this crossroads work provides Cyril Teste and the Collectif MxM with ideal material for continuing their exploration of contemporary society through filmic performance. Defined as “theatre writing which hinges upon a real time cinematographic format that unfurls before our eyes”, filmic performance “injects cinematic time with the theatrical present”. In doing so, it captures onstage the ephemeral energy of the film set. But Festen is much more than mere aesthetic experience. In it, we bear witness to the explosive confrontation between a ritual (a birthday celebration) and its rupture (when a father’s crimes are denounced by his son). The resulting effect of reality takes us aback: beyond the issue of paternal incest, what emerges is the tacit complicity of all those around. This version, relived each evening in the course of a very real banquet, will also serve as an implicit homage to another Danish family story: Hamlet. He too chooses the scenic disposition of the ceremony in order to “catch the conscience of the king”.

Berthier 17e

France

Berthier 17e

24 november – 22 december 2017 / Length 1h50

Festen

by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov

directed by Cyril Teste

with Estelle André, Vincent Berger, Hervé Blanc, Sandy Boizard ou Marion Pellissier, Sophie Cattani, Bénédicte Guilbert, Mathias Labelle, Danièle Léon, Xavier Maly, Lou Martin-Fernet, Ludovic Molière, Catherine Morlot, Anthony Paliotti, Pierre Timaitre, Gérald Weingand and the participation of Laureline Le Bris-Cep

Timetable

From Tuesday tu Saturday at 20h, Sunday at 15h. No performances on Sunday 26th November.

Length 1h50

Votre venue

Berthier 17e
Access

Prices

from 8€ to 36€
More info

Booking online opens July 4th. At the booking office and by telephone from August 29th. Tuesday 14th October for the Previews.

  • Festen | photo © Simon Gosselin
    photo © Simon Gosselin
  • Festen | photo © Simon Gosselin
    photo © Simon Gosselin
  • Festen | photo © Simon Gosselin
    photo © Simon Gosselin

Festen is a story in three parts: cinema, theatre and family. As well as being a remarkably well-made film, it is a also piece of dramatic writing in its own right. Following on from the success of Nobody, this crossroads work provides Cyril Teste and the Collectif MxM with ideal material for continuing their exploration of contemporary society through filmic performance. Defined as “theatre writing which hinges upon a real time cinematographic format that unfurls before our eyes”, filmic performance “injects cinematic time with the theatrical present”. In doing so, it captures onstage the ephemeral energy of the film set. But Festen is much more than mere aesthetic experience. In it, we bear witness to the explosive confrontation between a ritual (a birthday celebration) and its rupture (when a father’s crimes are denounced by his son). The resulting effect of reality takes us aback: beyond the issue of paternal incest, what emerges is the tacit complicity of all those around. This version, relived each evening in the course of a very real banquet, will also serve as an implicit homage to another Danish family story: Hamlet. He too chooses the scenic disposition of the ceremony in order to “catch the conscience of the king”.

On Video

Previews

Previews Box office opening dates Prices single-price 50%
22d and 23d November / 20h
14th November 2017
18€ / 14€

Previews at the Odéon, this is 6000 half-price seats!
From January 2017 onwards, we will be offering two half-price preview performances for long-running shows.
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Credits

theatrical adaptation Bo Hr. Hansen
French adaptation Daniel Benoin
artistical collaboration Sandy Boizard, Marion Pellissier
scenography Valérie Grall
olfactory illustration Francis Kurkdjian
cooking creation Olivier Théron
lights Julien Boizard
director of photography Nicolas Doremus
live editing Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
original music Nihil Bordures

production Collectif MxM
delegated production Bonlieu scène nationale Annecy

with the support of Fondation d’entreprise  Hermès in his programm New Settings

coproduction MC2 : Grenoble, Théâtre du Nord – CDN de Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France, La Comédie de Reims – CDN, Le Printemps des Comédiens, TAP – Scène nationale de Poitiers, Espace des Arts – Scène nationale Châlon-sur-Saône, Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – Scène nationale, Lux – Scène nationale de Valence, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Le Liberté – Scène nationale de Toulon, Le Parvis – Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées, Théâtre de Cornouaille – Scène nationale de Quimper

with the participation of DICRéAM, KKDC, agnès b., Olivier Théron – Traiteur & Évènements, La Ferme du Buisson – Scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée, la Maison
Jacques Copeau
with the support of the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe

The Authors are represented in the French Speaking European countries by Renauld & Richardson, Paris (info@paris-mcr.com)
in agreement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhague, Danemark

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Excerpt

Helge : Quand on fête ses soixante ans, comme je le fais aujourd’hui, on n’a plus vraiment de projet. [...] On peut être fier de sa famille et on essaie de tout faire pour que ses enfants réussissent. Et puis on espère que ceux qui sont invités viendront et que ceux qui ne sont pas invités ne viendront pas.

Thomas Vinterberg et Mogens Rukov : Festen (adaptation française Daniel Benoin)