Max Black, or, 62 Ways of Supporting the Head with a Hand
Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes without an intermission
The premiere took place on 7 October 2015.
In this performance the actor, the sound, the lighting and pyrotechnic effects work as partners and co-authors of what happens on stage. Fire flashes and fragments from notebooks of great thinkers illustrate the inner life of a scientist, his manner of irradiations, his moments of despair. Director and composer Heiner Goebbels abandons traditional drama for a world in which mechanisms, fire and electricity, sounds and melodies tell us their stories in the same way that a human might – thus becoming tools for creating polyphony.
The first version of this performance was created in French at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1998.
Warning: One of the characters, the smell of sulfur, might aggravate allergies.
The performance is accompanied by English-language supertitles.
Translation: M.Bozhovich, Maria Nikolayeva, Olga Fedyanina Light and set design: Klaus Gruenberg
Costumes: Jasmin Andreae
Sound design: Willi Bopp