A nightpiece about Robert Schumann

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

Robert Schumann, composer and writer, born in 1810 in Zwickau, died in 1856 in the lunatic asylum of Bonn-Endenich. 46 years of life.

What was the inner life of this man; what were his perceptions of the world?
What happens if his music materialises in the form of puppet figures on a stage?
An experiment with identities, intimations of another self, encounters with fantastic beings, ghosts and doppelgangers.

A kaleidoscope of intermingling motifs is created by a Hammond organ M3, words from Schumann’s diary, puppet figures and automatons; independently, as well as in amplification of each other, they produce a harmony.

Directed by: Frank Soehnle
Puppets & play: Michael Vogel
Live music: Charlotte Wilde

Premiere: 27.10.2000
Coproduction with FITZ! Figurentheater Stuttgart.

Four prizes at the International Festival Animacje 2002 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
2nd prize at the Theatre Award of the Stuttgarter Zeitung 2001.

(photos Charlotte Wilde, ?)

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