9th Festival 1999

Main programme

Donnerstag 04. Nov. // 19.30 – 20.45 Uhr

Compagnie Philippe Saire, Lausanne


Tanzstück nach Motiven von Goethe



Philippe Saire


Daniel Perrin


Carmen Perrin


Anna van Brée


Jean-Marie Bosshard


Nabih Amaraoui, Matthieu Burner, Manuel Chabanis, Marion Ballester, Karine Grasset, Estelle Héritier, Nicholas Pettit, Corinne Rochet, Philippe Saire


Hans Christian Sarnau (Viola), Laurentius Cazan (Violoncello), Noelle Ruegg-Reymond (Kontrabass), Olivier Clerc (Schlagzeug)

Im Anschluss an die Vorstellung findet ein Publikumsgespräch statt.
Moderation: Klemens Wannenmacher, Programmkoordinator und Regisseur, Rotterdam

A dancer enters the stage and dances – without music – in odd, encoded, first brittle motions. Slowly he forces the pace. Is it the choreographer opening the evening or the »old Faust« yearning for another life as a young man?

At the beginning there was no word but the dance: a Faust production without language – unthinkable in a Goethe year? The figure of Faust, who really lived about 500 years ago and inspired to legends far before Goethe's time, gives rise to scepticism about the inclusion of a dance theater in view of the numerous »Faust« theater productions shown this year.

But Philippe Saire as one of the most significant Swiss choreographers succeeded in freeing himself of the »Faust« myth's weight of thought in a nightly apparition. He succeeds in presenting us on stage all the emotional, ethic and social questions that are on our minds nowadays in an absolutely modern body language that gives one almost a feeling of drunkenness. Elements of an »action ballet« – Faust, Mephisto and Gretchen as the known characters – are abstracted and multiplied in a lucky way causing a gripping sense of time.

Since 1982 Philippe Saire has produced more than 15 works and founded his own company in 1996. In 1998 he was awarded the »Prix d'auteur« of the most important international choreographer competition of Bagnolet/Seine-Saint-Denis near Paris for »Etude sur la Légèreté« (»Étude about the Lightness«). Following his guest performance with »Nouvelles« (»Novels«, 1993) he accepted once more the invitation to the euro-scene Leipzig.

The music was specifically composed for this production by Daniel Perrin, born in Lausanne in 1955. The original and demanding »Faust« music is one of the most outstanding dance compositions of the past years.

Uraufführung: 24.01.1999, Lausanne

Produktion: Compagnie Philippe Saire

Das Gastspiel erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Zürich.