It’s in 1816 that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, an ambitious text, a master work from a young romantic feminist. At the heart of the short story, Baron Viktor Frankenstein bestows life on a strange creature in his laboratory. Made up of the flesh from dead bodies, “the monster” is rejected by his creator, frightened by so much ugliness.
Adapted many times in film and on stage, Frankenstein is a mainstay of popular culture. It’s a humanist work that deals with the themes of innocence, loneliness, love, injustice and the abuses of science and progress… Sublime material that Jan-Christoph Gockel and his long time colleague, puppeteer Michael Pietsch have made their own.
Presiding over the production is a six meter high puppet, a heterogeneous being composed of a multitude of objects either provided by the public or gleaned from the artists’ lives. Fragments of stories and souvenirs, all connected to the artists or the public.
Accompanied by Anton Berman’s live music on stage, the artistic team delivers a poetic Frankenstein, where the linguistic diversity (English, French and German) is the final touch on a work of great finesse.