Children of the Demon

The wedding party of Mónika and Zoltán is a chamber of horror of human foulness: a communist drunkard, a stoned favourite son, a clumsy nymphomaniac, and a henpecked husband get caught up in absurd affairs and vicious intrigues. Right in the middle is Mónika's malicious mother Zsusza, terrorising her family and eventually driven into suicide by her children. Béla Pintér and his company portray a family tragedy in a grotesque makeup. The old women are played by men, through slapstic, gags and absurd songs a hysteric atmosphere is created.

The formalistic mode of acting brings to mind the movement repertoire of the Japanese Butoh, but is constantly interrupted by exalted surges of emotion. Pintér has set his piece in Japan, however, his characters are born-and-bred Hungarians. He uses the grotesque caricature of a family in order to unmask familiar stereotypes of Hungary and to replace them by a complex portrayal of society: resigned hopelessness, alienation and a deep generation gap instead of peaceful family life in Puszta. Under the flashy and amusing surface of Children of the Demon lies a desolate reflection upon human weakness and a society's desperate search for itself.

Children of the Demon - International Tours

Theater der Welt Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr - 2010
Theatre Passages, Nancy - 2009
Best male performance for Béla Pintér – VIII. POSZT, Pécs - 2008