or The modern Prometheus

Poster of the play Frankenstein, by Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel, Leipzig (artwork Robert Voss).
Frankenstein – artwork Robert Voss

Frankenstein – a live wire society – the myth of the creative human – a story of hubris. Driven by the passion for experiments and by the delight in interaction, professionally trained to make dead material come alive, 4 puppeteers and 2 musicians from 3 generations dare to try and create an amalgamation by means of alchemy, magic and electricity. They combine six artistic approaches to a story, which made the reader’s skin crawl ever since Mary Shelley invented it in 1816 during a visit at Lake Geneva. Ever since the romantic period the creation of the monster has served as a projection screen for diverse fears and longings. The performance is supported by a celestial, infernal, enigmatic music which makes the laboratory boil.

Directed by: Hendrik Mannes
Co-direction, dramaturgy: Antonia Christl
Assistant: Leonie Sowa
Performance, Stage, Puppets: Winnie Luzie Burz, Jan Jedenak, Stefan Wenzel, Michael Vogel
Live Music: Johannes Frisch, Charlotte Wilde
Voice-Over: Ilka Schönbein
Metal constructions: Christian Schmit

Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel (Leipzig) and Johannes Frisch (Karlsruhe) in Co-production with FITZ! Stuttgart and Westflügel Leipzig,

Supported by Kulturamt der Stadt Leipzig, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. aus Mitteln des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg and Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart.

The production team was adviced by the Chair of Applied Physics of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

(photos Dana Ersing, Michał Strokowski)

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