Georg Büchner

Danton's Death

Studio Performance in the Main Hall

Georges Danton
András Hatházi
Camille Desmoulins
Áron Dimény
Ferenc Sinkó
József Bíró
Attila Orbán
Paris, Danton’s friend
Róbert Laczkó Vass
Julie, Danton’s wife
Imola Kézdi
Lucile, Camille Desmoulins’s wife
Enikő Györgyjakab
Miklós Bács
Ernő Galló
András Buzási
Collot D'Herbois
Balázs Bodolai
Lehel Salat
Hermann, President of the Revolutionary Tribunal
Levente Molnár
First Citizen
Lóránd Farkas
Second Citizen
Szabolcs Balla
Third Citizen
Ervin Szűcs
First Jacobin
Alpár Fogarasi
Second Jacobin
Csongor Köllő
Tibor Molnár

Revolutionary Women, Erinyes:
Csilla Albert, Réka Csutak, Andrea Kali, Melinda Kántor, Anikó Pethő, Csilla Varga, Andrea Vindis

directed by
Mihai Măniuţiu
András Visky
set design
Tibor Tenkei
costume design
Carmencita Brojboiu
director's assistant
István Albu
scenic effects
Levente Borsos
stage manager
Yvonne Nagy
Imola Kerezsy

Date of the opening: May 23, 2009

“I don’t know of any other text (except those of Shakespeare and Beckett) which could exude so intensely the delight of catastrophe. It also seems to me that the very first characteristic of this play is its abysmal brightness.
So much transparency! And the nothingness – almost “palpable“, so immediate, because of this transparency – so close to us! History, in Danton’s Death, is tumult, noise, rage. It is chaos. And here, the chaos has the logic of an assumed and orderly madness. But is it possible that something like this exists? I mean, is it possible that madness can be assumed and orderly? Büchner’s answer leaves no doubt: yes, it is possible indeed, especially when history puts on the saturnine mask of revolution. Then, consequently, criminal aberration, a repulsive dreamlike and hallucinatory morbidity, become dominant principles – not of life, but of life-for-death, of life exclusively dedicated to thanatic delirium and to annihilation.
Danton’s Death is an intemperate play – for intemperate actors – for an audience wishing to endure the daze of intemperance.”
 Mihai Măniuţiu