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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Golem – Man and Machine?

16 AUG 2014

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:10 h;
published in: Drama, General

Untitled (Hector) © Robert Longo
Seven years before The Jazz Singer, the first movie with sound, Paul Wegener made his silent movie Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (Golem, How He Came into the World). Directed by Suzanne Andrade, the ensemble 1927 presents the world premiere of its new production, based on motifs from the novel Der Golem by Gustav Meyrink.
The world comes unhinged – before World War I, the writer Gustav Meyrink from Prague captured the atmosphere of the approaching war and its destruction in his novel Der Golem, a metaphorical and symbolic work. The world is shaken, reality blurs, truth becomes inscrutable and in the end, the reader is unsure who the Golem is or was – perhaps the narrator himself!
Taking this classic of fantastic literature as its point of departure, the ensemble 1927 approaches the novel’s basic conflict: the struggle between technology and man. As in Meyrink’s novel, the borderlines between the artificial assistant, the machine Golem, and its creator, a human being, are blurred. As in the novel, the issue at hand is the merging of man and machine, the loss of identity by fusing into one, and the danger that humanity will not just be overtaken by the machine’s capabilities, but will end up the loser.
Golem at the Salzburg Festival, however, is not a mere staging of Gustav Meyrink’s novel, but rather a current-day adaptation in a world that is even more controlled by technology than the world was 100 years ago.
Last year, Suzanne Andrade and her ensemble 1927 fascinated the Salzburg audience with their production The Animals and Children took to the Streets. Bringing their film-inspired theatrical aesthetics to the Salzburg Festival, they competed in the 2013 Young Directors Project powered by Montblanc. This year, they return to the Salzburg Festival with their world premiere Golem.
If you don’t want to miss this intriguing evening of theatre, purchase your tickets here. Enjoy!

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