Árpád Schilling / Krétakör

A Párt – Die Partei – The Party

The Party is over – but we keep on going

  • 40%theatre
  • 15%propaganda
  • 20%live music
  • 25%resistance
Árpád Schilling is one of the most innovative Hungarian theatre-makers and his group known as Krétakör – in English chalk circle – is one of the best known on the country’s independent scene. Years ago, in addition to their conventional work for theatre, the director, who has staged productions at Vienna’s Burgtheater and international opera houses, also turned the Krétakör collective into an experimental platform, an activist strike force. Not at least, in order to be able to react to current social and political tensions in Hungary.
Originally, the aim of the play was to investigate the relationship of the Hungarian middle class living in small-town settings to power and national politics. A lot has happened in the mean time – in Hungary and in Europe. For one, the Hungarian author and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature Imre Kertész, a Holocaust survivor, was awarded and accepted the Order of Saint Stephen, Hungary’s highest state accolade – the order that was awarded to Hermann Göring by Miklós Horthy in the 1940s.
On the other hand, the former Hungarian Minister of Justice Tibor Navracsics was nominated EU Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Citizenship. So a representative of the government that has in recent years obstructed the freedom of the press, civil society, and critical art is now to take charge of these very future agendas in Europe. Árpád Schilling therefore arrived at the conclusion that an analytical examination is no longer possible, and that an extremely personal opinion is far more important:

“How can one continue to live here as a thinking person, with the fear of losing my mind from one moment to the next, selling myself with some order or other, or some seemingly noble gesture. The adapted version with the subtitle ‘The Party is over – but we keep on going’ is a cry, a cry of hope that we may be able to prevent the European advance of this narrow-minded, cynical and very dangerous power.”
Árpád Schilling
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Trafó House of Contemporary Art, Théâtre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine & Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Supported by Szélkerék Ltd. & Open Society Foundation
With support of Bakelit Multi Art Center & Vision Team
Co-presented by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Nightlinesponsor Holding Graz
Arpad Schiling

Dates and Facts

Premičre in the German-speaking region

Fri 17/10 & Sat 18/10, 19.30


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18 / 12 €
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Hungarian language with German Simultaneous Translation

Introduction at 19.00

Concert The Party Band
Fri 17/10, 21.30
Admission free

Kleine Zeitung Salon Hungary in Focus
Sat 18/10, 17.00
Admission free

Workshop for a young audience from twelve up

Fri 17/10, 13.00 – 18.00
Hosted by Panthersie für Europa
Participation is free of charge.
Information and registration:
steirischer herbst education
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With Levente Boros, Imre Lichtenberger Bozoki, Ernő Hock, Emőke Kiss-Végh, Annamária Láng, Ádám Mészáros, Tamás Ördög, Lilla Sárosdi, Árpád Schilling, Sándor Terhes, Krisztián Vranik & Lawrence Williams
Text Árpád Schilling, Éva Zabezsinszkij & Ensemble
Direction Árpád Schilling
Music Imre Lichtenberger Bozoki, Krisztián Vranik & Lawrence Williams
Light András Éltető
Costumes & props Sosa Juristovszky
Management Edina Schőn
Production Márton Gulyás
Simultaneous translation Anna Lengyel

Hotel Special Deal
• 1 Night in a double room, breakfast included
• 20% price reduction for your ticket to „A Párt – Die Partei – The Party“
• 1 day free admission for the Spa in Bad Gleichenberg / life medicine Resort
• 1 bottle of champagne „Prickelnde Liebe“

Price for the 4-Star-Hotel: from 89.-
Price for the 3-Star-Hotel: from 74.-
Information and booking:
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