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Frank Castorf – Dämonen

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Feb 25, 2016
Feb 25, 2016
Segal Theatre
Photo by Thomas Aurin

Photo by Thomas Aurin

11:00am – 2:00pm
Frank Castorf – Dämonen
(Germany, 2006)
178 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
German with NO subtitles

Life, death, God, salvation, terrorism, revolution? Whoever lives close to the edge, has the worst behind him. Frank Castorf, the internationally renowned German artistic director of the Berliner theatre Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz for almost two decades, staged in 2006 his very first film—based on his own stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Demons and Camus’s The Possessed. Castorf created a haunting post-Soviet pan-slavistic panopticon, which takes place around the very last Russian house before the western border. For the
film, the late legendary stage designer Bert Neumann created within the barren landscape of Berlin’s provincial Mecklenburg-Vorpommern county, a simple set: a dacha, an old garden shack next to a “swimming pool”—an imaginary landscape inspired by Wim Wender’s
Paris/Texas, the tiny hamlet Korleput on Berlin’s country side, Russia’s
Duma 2000, Cindy Sherman and the Danish avant-garde filmmaking movement Dogma 95.

Photo by Thomas Aurin

Photo by Thomas Aurin

Frank Castorf (b. 1951) graduated in theatre studies from Humboldt University in Berlin and made his professional debut as dramaturg at the theatre in Senftenberg. His productions are frequently invited to theatres and festivals around the world, including the prestigious Berlin Theatertreffen festival, where Castorf’s shows are a regular fixture. His artistic and directorial works have won him numerous awards including the Fritz Kortner prize, the Berlin theatre award of the foundation Preußische Seehandlung, the Nestroy Award Vienna, the International Theatre Institute’s Award among others. Castorf is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, the German Academy of the Performing Arts, and a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts.