FAUST / PROGRAM / Bastille / JUNE 2022

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"I want a treasure, which contains them all! I want youth!" Frustrated by the futile quest for knowledge, the old scholar Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth and the beautiful Marguerite... Gounod reworks the myth popularised by Goethe to focus on the love story and magnifies the fall and final salvation of Marguerite. His choice to lighten the philosophical scope of the story allows him to find a balance between the scenes where the supernatural calls for great spectacle and a universe regulated by the interiority of the action and feelings. Transposed to the present day, Tobias Kratzer's Faust offers a reflection on contemporary society's obsession with eternal youth. Thanks to an elaborate stage set, his production oscillates between hyperrealism and magic, between the world of today and the mysterious atmosphere of German Romanticism.

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