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Faust lives: the music theatre AVENTURE FAUST by Jan and Birgit Müller-Wieland to be premiered in Munich

Finally, on 21 and 22 November 2008, the Reactor Hall will be reopened, after technical renovations and renovations essential for safety, but leaving the basic structure of the room untouched. One can rightly consider it to be one of Munich’s most exciting theatrical spaces.

The world premiere of Jan Müller-Wieland’s music theatre AVENTURE FAUST will take place at this location on 21 November.

As one can gather from the title, the Faust subject in the three dream scenes, set by Müller-Wieland in response to a commission from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, of central importance. The text by Birgit Müller-Wieland, freely adapted from Goethe’s “Faust” and Heine’s “Deutschland: A Winter Tale,” does not allow F(aust), M(ephisto) and the already dead G(retchen) arrive at the goal of their dreams; the path on the way there, however, is not without absurd, catastrophic complications caused by the failure of their communication and repressed by flights into their dream worlds.

These worlds meanwhile occupy the figures from György Ligeti’s “Aventures/Nouvelles Aventures.” In this masterwork of classical modernism for three singers and seven instrumentalists the protagonists have already taken leave of any verbal communication forty years ago and brought their microcosmic web of relationships with dreamlike virtuosity to the point of onomatopoetic dancing.

In this collision of the two worlds there can only be one winner: the insects who have mistakenly wandered from Faust II into the Reactor Hall.

AVENTURE FAUST

Music Theatre

AVENTURES/NOUVELLES AVENTURES by György Ligeti

THREE DREAM SCENES by Jan Müller-Wieland (world premiere)

Text by Birgit Müller-Wieland

Musical Direction:

Jan Müller-Wieland

Stage Direction:

Cornel Franz

Space:

Benjamin Schönecker

Dramaturgy:

Judith Altmann and Angelika Roesser*

Video:

Joe Lempp

Assistant Stage Direction:

Victoria Pfortmüller

Performers:

Soprano: Andrea Lauren Brown; Alto: Salome Kammer; Baritone: Peter Neff;

F- Andreas Burkhart*; M- Roland Schneider*; Dead G – Valer Erna-Sabadus*;

Insects: Sybille Diethelm*, Maria Pitsch*, Theresa Holzhauser*

Sponsored by the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Dates: 21, 21 and 28 November 2008, each day at 8:00 PM

Reactor Hall, Luisenstrasse 37a