The 10 Selected Productions
Faust I + II
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Premiere 28 July 2011 in Salzburg
Thalia Theater, Hamburg / Salzburger Festspiele
Premiere 30 September 2011 Thalia-Theater, Hamburg
Faust’s study has rarely been as concentrated and lacking in opulence as this: the actor Sebastian Rudolph spends the first hour of the drama alone in a kind of Goethe laboratory. Dedication, prologue in the theatre, Easter walk – everything is generated by single a remarkable internal monologue which leaves no intellectual context or modern cultural technology excluded.
- Faust I approx. 2:40 hours, no intermission. Faust II approx. 4:40 hours, including 2 intermissions. Length Faust I + II approx. 8:20 hours, including 3 intermissions. Food and drinks available during all intervals at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.
In this nine hour ‘Faust’ marathon Nicolas Stemann is not concerned with illustration but with a clear interrogation of the text – using all the ingredients of the post-modern theatre. Instead of fixed roles there are six actors who wander both cleverly and entertainingly through the drama, taking on Faustian, Mephistophelean or Hellenic features. In a deliberately reductive manner in Part I, then more expressively in the party atmosphere of Part II, they investigate which of the tropes seem to have any contemporary use; cutting here, discovering married hells in front gardens there and ultimately accumulating – for example with the help of ‘Faust’ experts lecturing on screen – secondary discourses and meta-levels.
And right at the end, when an old man exults retrospectively in a beautiful Viennese dialect about his most brilliant invention – post-dramatic theatre – before a nurse gives him an enema, it becomes clear: this production which can send itself up so casually simultaneously always places all its own techniques – including their own contingency – at its own disposal and thereby in an unforced manner succeeds in reaching the neuralgic points of the medium.
Directed by Nicolas Stemann
Stage design Thomas Dreißigacker / Nicolas Stemann
Costume design Marysol del Castillo
Music Thomas Kürstner / Sebastian Vogel
Video Claudia Lehmann
Video assistance, live camera Eike Zuleeg
Puppets Das Helmi (Florian Loycke / Felix Loycke)
Choreography Franz Rogowski
Répétiteurs, arrangements Burkhard Niggemeier / Sven Kaiser
Dramaturgy Benjamin von Blomberg
Lighting design Paulus Vogt
Sound engineers Nourdin Ghanem / Wilfried Herdejünger / Mattef Kuhlmey
Vocals Friederike Harmsen
Puppetry, drawing Felix Loycke (Faust II)
Music Thomas Kürstner / Sebastian Vogel / Sven Kaiser
Choirboy Esra Pereira Koster (Hamburger Knabenchor St. Nikolai)
Extras Sebastian Bruhl / Mark Froder / Henrik Giese / Christian Meyer / Martin Torke / Dominik Velz