Theatre Music Composition/Performance: Dir. Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis composed original music for Faust directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson.
Vesturport’s Faust begins in a home for the elderly. Johan, an old, retired actor, laments that the only thing he’s learnt in all his long years is that true happiness cannot be found. Even Greta, a young and optimistic nurse, cannot sway him from his dismal conclusion: Life? What’s the damned point?
Once an actor of great renown, Johan has portrayed all the classic roles. All that is except one - the role of Faust. He respects and fears Goethe’s masterpiece believing it a potent text filled with dark, dangerous poetry and seductive, murderous demons. Mired in melancholy, and mirroring Faust’s own despair, Johan attempts suicide. He is saved at the last moment however by the appearance of the demon, Mephisto.
The temptations come thick and fast as Mephisto offers him a brand new life – one of pleasure, indulgence, and happiness. Johan, believing true happiness impossible, accepts the devil’s wager. But there is a catch: if Johan finds a moment of happiness and desires that it lasts forever, then his soul belongs to Mephisto.
Vesturport’s Faust explores the very essence of Goethe’s legendary story, with its universal themes and enduring questions that live within us all. It deals with God, doubt, love, desire, happiness and the very nature of existence.
Directed by Gísi Örn Gardarsson
Written by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Víkingur Kristjánsson and Carl Grose
Faust is a Reykjavik City theatre and Vesturport production. It is co-produced by Theater im Pfalzbau.