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FaustWorld première

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
April 28 19:00, May 06 14:00, 19:30, May 10 20:00, May 13 20:00, May 21 14:00, May 23 20:00, June 01 19:00
Programme
FaustMusic: Lazar, Milko (b. 1965)
Choreography: Edward Clug
Performers
Ballett Zürich
Mikhail AgrestConductor
Marko JapeljSet Designer
Leo KulašCostume Designer
William MooreDancer
Jan CasierDancer
Michelle WillemsDancer
Viktorina KapitonovaDancer
Giulia TonelliDancer
Alexander JonesDancer

The legend of the scholar Faust, the devil Mephisto and the innocently seduced Gretchen is one of the most powerful stories in dramatic literature. Taken from a book of folk tales dating from the 16th century and transformed into a major work of western literature by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Faust story has inspired countless artists to various treatments and adaptations.

For this Zurich Ballet world première, choreographer Edward Clug has now taken on Goethe’s version of the Faust story, which centres on the self-absorbed, doubting intellectual Faust, who is driven by his ceaseless thirst for knowledge. He fails when he attempts to “perceive whatever holds the world together in its innermost folds.” As a singularly modern figure and a symbol of the human hubris of our time, Faust also takes centre stage for Edward Clug, but the choreographer is also interested in the story of Gretchen’s sacrifice and the hellish portrayal of the Walpurgis Night.

Any choreographer who takes on Faust, an icon of world literature, will need to be courageous, possess artistic ability and an imaginative approach to narrative dance. The principal of the Slovenian National Ballet in Maribor most recently proved that he fulfils all these requirements with his acclaimed Zurich reinterpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. Together with set designer Marko Japelj and costume designer Leo Kulaš, Edward Clug will stage Faust as a full-length narrative ballet. Once again, he will collaborate with Milko Lazar, one of Slovenia’s most renowned composers. The young Russian conductor Mikhail Agrest will conduct the world première of this new ballet.

Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
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