COPENHAGEN OPERA FESTIVAL 2014.
28 July (Premiere) 29 of July and 1 of August.
Charles Gounod’s opera Faust merges with the silent movie of the same name. Both are based on the legend of Faust and both are extraordinary representations of this famous tale. With gusts of wind, smoke, movie projection and singing, movie and opera are fused together into one sensuous performance. The music is forged together with improvisations and transitions by the pianist between the Opera recitatives and arias and the silent movie. The performances is a part of Copenhagen Opera Festival 2014.
piano: Oscar Micaelsson
Margherite/Gretchen: Stephanie Lippert
Faust: Hallvar Djupvik
Mephisto: Jakob Vad
Charles Gounod’s opera Faust merges with the silent movie of the same name. Both are based on the legend of Faust and both are extraordinary representations of this famous tale. With gusts of wind, smoke, movie projection and singing, movie and opera are fused together into one sensuous performance. The tale is about the scholar Heinrich Faust, who calls on the devil (Mephisto) to offer him his soul. The transaction is made and subsequently Faust falls deeply in love with the young, innocent Margerite. SilentOPERA revolves around this triangle of Mephisto, Faust and Margerite. The performance takes as its starting point excerpts from both the movie and the opera, and creates a whole new dimension: an investigation of three existentially different paths. The German expressionist F.W Murnau created his movie in 1926 and Gounod’s opera is from 1859. SilentOPERA uses the two different medias freely; musical and visual fragments are woven together with new material, and we thus get to know the three characters in a very unique way. The close-ups of the characters in the movie freeze time and bring us up close and personal with the characters. In this way the dramatic gestures of the movie are reminiscent of the arias of the opera. The performance is made complete by the musical accompaniment of a pianist that plays along to the opera excerpts and makes smooth transitions to improvisation during the movie parts. The piano music includes themes from Gounod’s opera as well as excerpts from Timothy Brock’s original musical accompaniment for the silent movie.
Direction and choreography: Ralf Richardt Strøbech
Movie, editing and set design: Rika Yasui Hammen
Art director: Anne-Katrine Odgaard