FAUST / MASSNAMHE
This performance focuses on two contrasting textes, both written by Germans and both dealing with German culture and society before the second world war, but seen from two very different points of view.
The first part "Faust" is based upon Thomas Manns novel "Doctor Faustus" and Franz Zeits film-adaption of the same novel.
This story describes the life and the tragic end of the composer Adrian Leverkühn, parallelled by the German society moving towards Hitler and the second world war.
The second part is "Die Massnahme" by a famous German playwright. This play is written in 1929/30 and has ever since been among his most controversial writings. It deals with the moral dilemma of being forced to kill one of your own in order to save several, for "a greater cause". In a revolutionary communist miljeu the argumentation leads to the conclusion that the party was in its right to kill its own young comrade when no other solution was to be found.
The play was not written for a traditional theatre-situation; it was
"Die Massnahme" was forbidden to show in public for 40 years.