Monday, December 3, 2012

Icelandic Theatre, Acrobats & Nick Cave in Brooklyn - Faust: A Love Story Dec 12-16 2012


From a release:

Faust: A Love Story
December 12—16, 2012
+  Post-Show Artist Talk on Thursday, December 13, 2012
at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts (BAM)
Part of 30th Next Wave Festival

Inspired by Goethe, Christopher Marlowe, and earlier sources
Vesturport Theatre and Reykjavík City Theatre
Directed by Gísli Örn Gardarsson


“…amongst the world’s most dazzling troupes.” - The Guardian (UK)


BROOKLYN (NEW YORK) - Iceland's Vesturport Theatre returns to BAM with a spectacle of slapstick, horror, and aerial circus daredevilry for an inventive reimagining of Goethe's Faust. Music by longtime collaborators Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is harnessed to Vesturport's trademark acrobatics—including a high-flying act performed above a vast trampoline net stretched over the audience. Having succumbed to the temptation offered by the demon Mephisto, the once-great actor Johann, retired and at the height of despair, finally pursues the happiness that has long eluded him by embarking on the performance of a lifetime.

Written by Nina Dögg Filippusdottir, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Carl Grose, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, and Vikingur Kristjansson. Music by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis. Set design by Axel Johannesson. Costume design by Filippia Elisdottir. Lighting design by Thordur Orri Petursson. S, Sound design by Thorbjorn Knudsen, Frank Hall, Make up design by Sigriður Rosa Bjarnadottir, Co-produced by Theatre im Pfalzbau

Vesturport Theatre
Vesturport Theatre was founded in 2001 by, among others, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, and Víkingur Krisjánsson and quickly established itself as one of Iceland's and Europe's most inventive award-winning theater and film companies. Vesturport's productions include Romeo and Juliet, Woyzeck, Dubble Dusch, Love the Musical, and Metamorphosis. Vesturport has produced three feature films: Children, Parents, and Brim (based on Vesturport's play of the same title). In 2011, the company received the prestigious Europe Theatre Prize; past honorees have included Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, Robert Lepage, and Harold Pinter. Vesturport Theatre had its US premiere at BAM with Woyzeck (2008 Next Wave) and returned two years later with Metamorphosis (2010 Next Wave).

Performance dates & times:
Dec 12 - 14 @ 7:30pm; Dec 15 2pm & 7:30pm; Dec 16 - 3pm
LOCATION: BAM Harvey Theater - 651 Fulton St, Brooklyn
RUN TIME: 2hrs (with intermission)
SEASON TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $17.50
SINGLE TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $25

Post-Show Artist Talk with Vesturport Theatre Company
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012
This artist talk takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders


Photograph: Grimur Bjarnason

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