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Coproductions

The following performances were co-produced by the Westflügel since 2006:

Spleen. Charles Baudelaire: Poems in Prose

This co-production of the Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel with FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater Stuttgart and Lindenfels Westflügel Leipzig was rehearsed and first performed inWestflügel in 2006.

„Spleen" is a kaleidoscope of pictures, songs and miniatures, inspired by Charles Baudelaire's collection of poems in prose „Le Spleen de Paris", which was published posthumously in 1869. Mankind on the threshold to modernity is described in the scenes played out between thirst for life and longing for death, between a romantic search for infinity and a brutal triviality.
The play is open in this production: the performers are on the stage with puppets and musical instruments, Baudelaire's texts are spoken by children and recorded on tape. The magic of this kaleidoscope develops in the imagination between actors, material and audience: A sequence of pictures and live-music, that wants to counterpoint Baudelaire's vision of the world and open it for an understanding from the present.

Awarded with the prize for a Special Artistic Achievement at the Stuttgarter Theaterpreis 2007
Grand Prix and Young Critics Award at the International Festival of Puppetry Art, Bielsko-Biała (PL) 2008, Grand Prix and two special awards at the International Festival of Puppet Theatre Warsaw (PL) 2009, Award for the best music at Festival "Spotkanie" at Teatr Baj Pomorski Torun (PL) 2009

Directed by: Hendrik Mannes / Puppets & Performance: Michael Vogel / Live-Music: Charlotte Wilde

Lear

This co-production of the Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel with FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater Stuttgart and Lindenfels Westflügel Leipzig was developed in Westflügel in 2007.

Shakespeare's King Lear, centuries-old, appears on stage again, and wants his story to be played out once more. The catastrophe that stands at the beginning of the story, becomes the reason for playing it - a catastrophe which happened long ago, but becomes relevant again for the length of the performance.

Samuel Beckett wrote a variation on the King and the Fool in „Endgame." Our performance picks up where Beckett left off, and at the same time reverts to Shakespeare. The story of „King Lear" is looked back on from memory. All the characters, apart from Lear and the Fool, are just images and fragments. Although the Fool and Cordelia are not identical, they produce each other. Although Lear is not a king anymore, he will always be a father. Frank Schneider plays Lear and Michael Vogel the Fool, who, multiplied in puppets and materials, holds up to Lear his own apocalyptic visions of his madness on the heath.

Performed by: Frank Schneider, Michael Vogel / Music: Johannes Frisch, Charlotte Wilde / Puppets: Michael Vogel / Directed by: Hendrik Mannes / Co-directed by: Antonia Christl

Mewa

by Anton Cechov

A co-production by Kompania Doomsday (Bialystok, PL) and Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel, co-produced by FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater, premiered 2008 at Westflügel.

Like in a carousel Cechov's characters turn around each other: one loves someone else, someone loves no one. They resemble the whitefish catch: Packed together on a Russian country estate they make art, theatre, literature, with passion but without genius. Generation conflicts, the rebellious cry for new forms, senile sentimentality - all are results of a general standstill. The carousel wobbles and squeals, but keeps turning. No romanticism, no soulful atmosphere: seagulls are scavengers.

Directed by: Hendrik Mannes / Performers: Marcin Bartnikowski, Marcin Bikowski, Pawel Chomczyk, Dagmara Sowa / Stage: Michael Vogel / Music: Charlotte Wilde / Assistant tpo director: Heiko Klandt

FAUST spielen - Playing Faust

A co-production of Figurentheater Wilde&Vogel with Christoph Bochdansky (Vienna) with FITZ! Zentrum für Figurentheater Stuttgart and Lindenfels Westflügel Leipzig, premiered in 2008.

Goethe's Faust: Part II, Fifth act, Open country. Care enters, to lead Faust, in extreme old age, to his death. On the threshold between life and death, memories of his scientific curiosity, the pact with the devil, lustfulness and love's torment, devil's flight and witches' kitchen, take hold of Faust, camouflaged sometimes as a droll story and sometimes as a poetic visual theatre. Science, woman or world: Faust's claim of ownership is led ad absurdum in his death. His happy vision of a free earth: where a free race, in freedom, stand is nothing more than a burst paper bag filled with dust. Does anything remain after this debacle?

And we? Do we remember, what a soul is?
And which poor devil will give us anything for it if it is nothing worth to us?

Musically challenged by Charlotte Wilde's live produced sound installations, the two puppeteers Christoph Bochdansky and Michael Vogel will put on the old hat and bravely go beyond its brim

Directed by: Christiane Zanger / Puppets and Performance: Christoph Bochdansky, Michael Vogel / Live-Music: Charlotte Wilde


 

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