FAUST 2013: An Inter-Arts Interpretation Produced by Trunk Space Founder, JRC

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Photos courtesy of JRC
Production shots from FAUST 2013
Last fall, Truck Space co-founder JRC saw the silent film Napoleon with a full orchestra in San Francisco. He says it re-ignited his desire to do his own inter-disciplinary interpretation of a classic work, something he'd been mulling over for years.

Now, the long wait is almost over.

This spring, JRC's producing Faust 2013, a project combining various art disciplines to interpret the Goethe's Faust, an evocative examination of pride, love, and the downfall of a man.

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JRC says the project takes a cue from RPM Orchestra, which creates "proto-industrial Americana" music and has become known in the Southwest for performing live soundtracks for silent films.

He says he was drawn to this particular fable, in part, because it's recognizable without being too familiar.

"I know the story just as it has tumbled into 'folklore' as cultural shorthand for bad deeds done with noble intention," JRC wrote in an e-mail interview. "That vague cultural memory is what makes Faust interesting, we know the idea and broad strokes of it, but not the detail."

The production will accompany the 1926 film version of Goethe's fable directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Gösta Ekman as Faust. JRC says silent films like this one offer plenty of material to inspire poets, dancers, and musicians.

"[Silent films] are about emoting in big way," he writes. "The actors kind of 'mug' for the camera without voice, and the whole film is about primal ideas and emotions expressed in large ways."

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Phoenix Center for the Arts

1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

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Jackalope Ranch
Jackalope Ranch

Thanks Steve. It's on March 15. Should be clearer now. :)

Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss

I read the article but couldn't find the date?

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