JULIAN ROSEFELDT | FAUST

OPERA BALLET VLAANDEREN, ANTWERP
22 JUNE – 2 JULY 2022

Szenen aus Goethes Faust / Scenes from Goethe's Faust is one of the best kept secrets of romantic music theatre. For his two key works of German literature, Faust: A Tragedy, Part I and II (1808 – 1832), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe created a visionary protagonist in the scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Faust. As a character, Dr. Faust anticipated the great issues of our time: capitalism, post-colonialism, the exploitation of nature, and environmental disasters. With his magnum opus, Robert Schumann pays tribute to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Both artists turned Faust and his pact of the devil into a life's work that is both utterly unique and timelessly universal.

Brought to stage in collaboration with choreographer Femke Gyselinck and set designer Sammy Van den Heuvel, Faust is Julian Rosefeldt’s first work as a director of an opera. As a visual backdrop for the staged oratorio, the artist created a film whose gallery version Penumbra is on show at König Galerie, Berlin. In his interpretation, Rosefeldt resolutely roots Schumann's Faust in the here and now. The Faustian condition comes to life in all its richness from the counterpoint between video, dance and play: from tragic love to relentless progress and an ultimate transfiguration with cosmic dimensions.

Produced by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.
Co-produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film and Sammlung Wemhöner.

Parts of the computer-generated segment were produced at the Animationsinstitut of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

© Image Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst