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Ballet Pécs / Dubrovay: Faust, the Damned - ballet première

dance, contemporary circus

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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 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.”
This recording was made at a performance held at Müpa Budapest on 22 April 2016.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • Mephisto
    Péter Koncz
  • God's Son
    Zsolt Molnár
  • Gretchen
    Katalin Ujvári
  • Aphrodite
    Brigitta Vincze
  • White angels
    Mónika Kócsy, Szilárd Tuboly
  • Black angels
    Florence Madonia, Márton Szabó
  • Icarus / Valentin, Gretchen's brother
    Dávid Matola
  • Plutus
    Zsolt Molnár
  • People of the netherworld / People of the world
    Bánk Téglás
    Patrik Keresztes
    Dávid Matola
    Adél Bálint
    Virág Zoé Hoffman
    Theodóra Szécsi
    Katalin Ujvári
  • Nymphs
    Adél Bálint
    Virág Zoé Hoffman
    Theodóra Szécsi
    Katalin Ujvári
  • Zugló Philharmonia - King Saint Stephen Symphony Orchestra
  • music
    László Dubrovay
  • choreography
    Balázs Vincze
  • set, costumes
    Zsuzsa Molnár
  • dramaturge
    Zsuzsa Molnár, Dóra Uhrik
  • assistant to choreographer
    Zsolt Molnár


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