Performance

4-5 November 2017

Faust 3

Have we entered into a pact with the devil?

Bread and Puppet Theater, Faust 3: Have we entered into a pact with the devil?, 2016. Photo: Ronald T. Simon

BAK, Utrecht and Frascati, Amsterdam bring Bread and Puppet Theater—one of the United States’ most celebrated socially engaged theater companies—back to the Netherlands. On Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November, Frascati hosts performances of the play Faust 3, written by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann, and produced and performed by Bread and Puppet Theater and local artists with migrant backgrounds.

Founded in 1963, Bread and Puppet Theater is one of the oldest nonprofit, independent theater companies in the US. They perform all over the world, particularly in the open air—in public parks and on the streets— under the slogan “Cheap Art and Political Theater”. Inspired by Goethe’s Faust 1 and 2Faust 3 takes us through a dreamy scape of today’s “proletariat”: from the experiences of refugee migration to the omnipresent threat of guns; from hunger to the contemporary diversity of foodstuffs.

This production of Faust 3 stems from a five-day workshop in which members of the local community joined members of Bread and Puppet Theater to make the puppets and help produce the play, giving this version of Faust 3 a new, local, and individual twist. Characters—represented by the created objects, masks, and puppets—act out a historical narrative that chooses the side of the underdog. Faust 3 raises the question: What pact with the devil are we entering today, and can “the proletariat” still disrupt the established order in 2017? Faust 3 paints a grotesque picture of the world in which we live and weighs the possibilities for alternatives.

The event is a Frascati Session at Frascati and part of BAK’s long-term research project Propositions for Non-Fascist Living.

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23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.

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8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

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Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.