JUMP CUT (Faust)(1997-1998)

JUMP CUT (Faust) is an archaeology of two layers of the Faust myth, F.W. Murnau’s 1926 film and John Jesurun’s contemporary rendering of the story. JUMP CUT (Faust) moves between these two worlds, creating a “live film” of Faust. The story of Faust is the story of transformation: from old age to youth, from ignorance to knowledge, from isolation and solitude to worldly power and commanding adventure.

Thousands of versions of the Faust parable exist—from the emergence of the historical figure in 1507 to the puppet shows of the early 1900’s. Early filmmakers from Georges Melies to F.W. Murnau took Faust as a subject—his transformations through black sorcery, communion with the devil and his magic tricks and adventures were portrayed in comic, romantic, and tragic shades. His tricks lent themselves to the fantastical spectacles and theatrical showmanship of early cinema. An elaborate video score by Christopher Kondek, and a computer-constructed soundtrack by Dan Dobson are integral elements in the production, allowing the 16th-century story to play with the “transformations” which technology can produce. The worlds of classic film, new media, and live performance overlap and collide in a tightly-structured, musical cacophony. JUMP CUT (Faust) is a later version of IMPERIAL MOTEL (Faust) which was created in 1996 in collaboration with the Theater Neumarkt, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Directed by Marianne Weems

Performed by:
Moira Driscoll
David Pence
Heaven Phillips
Jeff Webster

Video Design by Christopher Kondek
Sound Design by Dan Dobson
Set Design by John Cleater
Text by John Jesurun with additional found texts
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Allen Hahn, Lighting Associate
Yvette Mattern, Video Associate
Kelly Reiling, Video Associate
Abigael Sanders, Assistant Director, Subtitles and Baby Kindermoerd Voice

Eric Dyer, Production Manager
Ellen McCartney, Costume Design
Lorrie Snyder, Set Construction
Lorrie Snyder, Additional Set Design

Produced by Renata Petroni with The Builders Association

MARCH 1998
Kaaitheater, Brussels

MARCH 1998
Creiteil/Paris, France

MARCH 1998
National Theater of Brittany, Rennes, France

MARCH 1998
Via Festival, Maubeuge, France

DEC 1997
Thread Waxing Space, New York

OCT 1997
Spiel.Art Festival, Munich, Germany