Art Musical by Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan and Robert Wilson, after the eponymous play fragment by Georg Büchner
Premiered on November 18, 2000 at the Betty Nansen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark
Performed in Danish.
Woyzeck was Robert Wilson's third collaboration with Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, after The Black Rider (1990) and Alice (1992). The so-called "art musical" first opened at Copenhagen's Betty Nansen Teatret and the original production subsequently went on a European tour, to much international acclaim.
The piece is based on German revolutionary poet Georg Büchner's eponymous play from 1837, which remained a fragment. It is one of the most influential and widely performed plays in German literature. The sinister story is about Franz Woyzeck, a soldier, who struggles for survival, signs up as a subject of human experiments, and gets abused by everyone around him. He develops hallucinations and eventually kills his wife for her unfaithfulness.
This adaptation of Woyzeck has frequently been licensed and mounted by other companies and under different directors, notably in German-speaking and Scandinavian countries. To this day, it remains in the repertories of many theaters.
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