Faust, The Damned
László Dubrovay finished his grand ballet more than twenty years ago. The story of Faust the Damned is based on the two parts of Goethe’s masterpiece, and like that philosophical drama, the music of this piece also strives for an encyclopaedic thoroughness. “All I know about the apparatus of contemporary music is in there,” said the composer once. And indeed: the orchestra bathes in special colours, the dance scenes shape living characters, the notes turn into images on their own account, as it were.
Production choreographer Balázs Vincze thinks Dubrovay’s vision of Faust is “monumental, its story worked out in great detail; it is astonishingly colourful, you can almost visualize the composition without the dance: the composer’s personality is at least as inspiring as Faust’s wanderings, loves and descent into hell.”
“Is damnation possible at the end of an honest, exemplary life? Can the forces of evil be victorious?” asks László Dubrovay. “This is the question addressed by this dance drama, whose music is one of the most extensive ballet compositions of the past seventy years. The dramaturgy of the plot allowed me to create a great many kinds of moods, and musical material rich in gestures and movements, all of which serves, together with the way dance and motion communicate, a harmonious presentation on the stage.”
The première was an event of the Budapest Spring Festival at Müpa Bartók Béla National Concert Hall on 22 April 2016.
The Zugló Philharmonia – King Saint Stephen Symphony Orchestra- thus the Pécs premiére on 31 March 2017 - was supported by the Ministry of Human Resources, the National Cultural Fund and the Hungarian Academy of Arts.
Photos: Hrotkó Bálint BTF, Mihály László