Performance by William Kentridge’s acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company from Johannesburg, South Africa. A multi-media play based on Goethe’s Faust, the classic story of the Devil and man featuring a multi-racial cast, near lifesize puppets, film animation, Zulu dance and African drumming.
Faustus in Africa: The legend of Faust is based on the story of the sixteenth-century learned scholar who squandered his fortune and then sold his soul to the devil in exchange for additional time to search for the meaning of existence through travel and indulgences. After making his pact with the devil, Handspring’s Faustus goes on a safari. Indulging in elaborate feasts and buying sprees, Faustus attempts to consume all that Africa has to offer. Transposed to Africa his desires become those of the archetypal greedy colonialist – his victims the African people and their land. http://www.handspringpuppet.co.za
April 16th, Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA
April 19th, The Academy of Music, Northampton, MA.