Saturday, 14 April 2018

Theater Basel | Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice)

Death in Venice, a play by Richard Wherlock based on the Novel by Thomas Mann, is based on the authors experiences during his family vacations and inspired by the death of the composer Gustav Mahler that is the model for Aschenbach in the story.
The story makes two complete opposites collide, the emotional and free minded world that fascinates the perfectionist Gustav von Aschenbach deeply. It shows us how close life and death, beauty and decay and desire and compulsion are.
The stage design is as simple as it is impressive, there is only one huge wave on stage on which water, the sea, reflections of cities and different underwater scenes until the death are projected during the evening.
Therefore the element water is a constant companion during the whole show.
The photographer Gustav von Aschenbach is bored by his job and during this crisis he travels to Venice to find new inspiration.
There he meets the young Tadzio that not only fascinates him because of his youth but also because of his young and free spirit.
The further away the object of desire strays, the stronger grows the desire of Gustav to be close to him and get his attention.
During the show he loses himself more and more over the desire to be close and united with the young Tadzio who barely notices him.
Always by Gustavs side is the Angel, that accompanies him, lifts him up when he falls, hurls him through the air when he gets lost and tries to keep him from following Tadzio wherever he goes.
When Gustav and the angel dance together they seem to be as one, complementing each other perfectly but at the same time rejecting one another, sometimes letting go but always coming back together until the very end.
Even though the whole ensemble was brilliant and the porters from the hotel and the other guests are very entertaining, is especially these dance parts that touched us very much and made us feel the misfortune and seek of happiness of the protagonist the most.

choreography: Richard Wherlock
musical direction: Thomas Herzog, Georg Köhler
stage: Bruce French
stage and costume: Catherine Voelfray
light: Jordan Tuinman
video: Tabea Rothfuchs
dramatic composition: Armin Kerber, Bettina Fischer

Javier Rodriguez Cobos as GUSTAV VON ASCHENBACH
Frank Fannar Pedersen as THE ANGEL
Anthony Ramiandriosa as TADZIO
Ayako Nakano as TADZIOS MOTHER
Debora Maiques Marin, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal as TADZIOS SISTERS
Diego Benito Gutierrez as TADZIOS FRIEND
Piran Scott as HOTEL MANAGER
Alba Carbonell Castillom Lydia Caruso, Gaia Mentoglio, Armando Braswell, Max Zachrisson as HOTEL STAFF
Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Sergio Bustinduy as ASCHENBACHS PARENTS
Max Ossenberg-Engels as THE YOUNG GUSTAV
Lydia Caruso,  Rubén Bañol Herrera as PHOTO MODELS
Rubén Bañol Herrera, Julian Juarez, Castan Ismael del Valle as THREE BOYS AT THE LIDO
Sergio Bustinduy as STYLIST
Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi as THE STYLISTS ASSISTANTS
Mirko Campigotto as THE STRANGE MAN
Camille Aublé, Alba Carbonell Castillo, Lydia Caruso, Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Debora Maiques Marin, Gaia Mentoglio, Annabelle Peintre, Raquel Rey Ramos, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Diego Benito Gutierrez, Armando Braswell, Sergio Bustinduy, Mirko Campigotto, Julian Juarez Castan, Max Ossenberg-Engels, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Piran Scott, Ismael del Valle, Max Zachrisson as HOTEL GUESTS / PEDESTRIANS / PEOPLE AT THE LIDO / THE OLD PEOPLE

@ picture: Werner Tschan

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