Musical Theater | Henri Pousseur
Henri Pousseur: Votre Faust - Variable Opera
for singers, actors, electronic music, and instrumental ensemble
Premiere 30 March 2013 7 p.m.
Radialsystem V Berlin
Swiss Premiere 8 November 2013 7:30 p.m.
Radialsystem V Berlin (31 March and 1 April 2013)
Theater Basel (8 and 9 November 2013)
Julia Reznik, Franz Rogowski, Peter Sura, Meridian Winterberg
work in progress - Berlin
Direction and stage design: Aliénor Dauchez and Georges Delnon
Musical direction: Gerhardt Müller-Goldboom
THE AUDIENCE CREATES ITS OWN OPERA
Henri Pousseur’s opera undoubtedly ranks among the works that have shaped the genre of musical theater in the late 20th century. Unlike the few works to which it can be compared, however, the novel aesthetic of Poussuer’s opera has never been performed in quite the way it was originally conceived. Finally, this unusual opera will be staged in a manner intended to do justice to Pousseur’s vision, while at the same time helping to bring it to the attention of the wider audience it deserves.
The myth of Faust – an iconic figure in all forms of art since the Middle Ages – is at the heart of this work, as is the music and the process by which this music is called into being. In a fascinating game of deception, the question of which actors have ultimately assumed the roles of Faust and Mephisto remains unresolved.
AN INDISPUTABLE SUCCESS
By drawing on the universality of Faust, Henri Pousseur and his librettist Michel Butor succeeded in bringing to light the contemporary implications of the narrative, its representation, and its reception. During the performance, the audience has many opportunities to determine which course the opera will take. Through these interventions, which can range from deciding what direction the plot will take, to abandoning a scene altogether, the audience chooses where to take the work.
A MONUMENTAL WORK OF THE PRESENT DAY
The second act, which will for the first time be performed as originally conceived, will also feature the original lighting design which, as an integral accompaniment to the musical composition, lends the performance an unusual clarity despite the complexity of the work.
THE STORY OF FAUST AS A MARIONETTE SHOW
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Co-produktion work in progress - Berlin and Theater Basel
funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation