Free Theatre Christchurch (est. 1979) is New Zealand's longest running producer of experimental theatre. The professional company serves as an interdisciplinary performance laboratory where artists work together to create innovative, high quality, performance work.
Some words from the collaborators of the original production which premiered at the Thalia Theatre in Hamburg in 1990.
Footage from Faust Ubu Night - our first presentation with The Black Rider collaborators.
Set construction begins....
"A devil's bargain is always a fool's bargain, particularly for an artist. The devil deals only in quantity, not in quality."
William S. Burroughs
Come on along with the Black Rider for a musical carnival ride where a lover sells his soul for magic bullets. Directed by Peter Falkenberg and featuring Arts Foundation laureate Delaney Davidson, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets is a New Zealand première of a work originally conceived by collaborators Tom Waits (music), William S. Burroughs (text) and Robert Wilson (direction). It is based on the German romantic opera Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber.
This Saturday we are running a public workshop with the artists that are developing the New Zealand premiere of The Black Rider. This is a physical theatre workshop which will introduce participants to the techniques being developed by actors and musicians for this project (no previous physical theatre experience required).
The Black Rider Public Workshop
Saturday April 1, 10-4pm, The Gym
Participation via koha. Numbers to workshops are limited and registration is essential. Please email email@example.com
Tom Waits (1993): "I had seen only one Wilson production 'Einstein on The Beach' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and had been pulled into a dream of such impact and beauty. I was unable to fully return to waking for weeks. Wilson's stage images had allowed me to look through windows into a dusting beauty that changed my eyes and my ears permanently. Wilson is an inventor on a journey of discovery into the deepest parts of the forest of the mind and spirit and his process of working is innocent and respectful"
William Burroughs (1990): "I knew nothing about it (Der Freischütz) before Bob Wilson asked me, but I saw immediately that this was the old devil's bargain, Faust, and so on. That's an interesting subject I have a word to say about. A devil's bargain is always a fool's bargain, particularly for an artist. The devil deals only in quantity, not in quality. He can't make someone a great writer, he can only make someone a famous writer, a rich writer. The more you depend on magic bullets, as in Freischütz finally you can't do anything without the magic bullets. We worked very hard; thank god it paid off. I never saw such an audience reaction."
Robert Wilson (1992): "The Black Rider is about timing, because it is close to comedy. In some ways a comedy is much more difficult to do than something serious; you have to be serious when you do comedy, and it is the timing that makes it funny."
Faust Ubu Night(17 February) - our first presentation with The Black Rider collaborators.
This week has been a big week in The Gym constructing the magnificent set designed by Stuart Lloyd-Harris. We'll keep you updated on its progress.
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