FRANKENSTEIN

JAN CHRISTOPH GOCKEL, MARY SHELLEY

Based on Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is not a monster created by the fanciful imagination of Mary Shelley but in fact the name of the mad scientist (Victor Frankenstein) who, in the solitude of his laboratory collects heteroclite fragments of skeletons and corpses to assemble them, make them live again and thus create a composite and artificial being. Frankenstein is a modern Prometheus, abandoned by his master, given up to his own solitude, an allegorical figure of the suffering caused by human vanity.

He is a titan transformed into a mortal being intoxicated by science to a point where he believes in his own immortality. Jan Christoph Gockel, German director, and Michael Pietsch, his long time stage collaborator, maker and master of puppets, have imagined together a stage turned into a laboratory in order to compose a gigantic monster of another kind, made of second hand objects which all have life stories, the ones of their previous owners. The first piece of this both playful and strange construction game is a gold watch inherited from a centennial grandmother. What shall one do with it : an eye ? a golden teeth ?

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