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Dunham 'Faust' Gives SIU Exciting Evening
Dunham 'Faust' Gives SIU Exciting Evening
TitleDunham 'Faust' Gives SIU Exciting Evening
CreatorMitze, Clark
DescriptionThe crux of the criticism in this review is that the performance was professionally choreographed and directed, but that the singers, actors, and performers were not professionals. Mitze likened Dunham's concept of reinterpreting the classic opera of Faust set against World War II Nazi-themed hellscapes, but he feels that the Southern Illinois University Opera Workshop performers didn't quite do justice to the professional direction and choreography. At one point he focuses on a mismatch between the musical scoring and stage action, but felt that in general that the idea was "magnificent and the execution of the idea came close." He goes on to describe several scenes in more detail.
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceSt. Louis Globe-Democrat
Place WrittenCarbondale, IL
Subjects -titlesFaust
Subjects -peopleGounod, Charles ; Lawrence, Marjorie ; McCleod, Ann ; Black, Dave ; Thomas, Joel ; Horner, Douglas ; Huebner, Sharon ; Hallman, Ludlow ; van Bronkhorst, Warren ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicsMonticello College (Godfrey, IL) ; Frankfurt (Germany) ; World War II ; Nazis
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B103_F17_06
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TranscriptDunham 'Faust' Gives SIU Exciting Evening
By CLARK HfTZE Kallwniip Dunham's smniiing new version ot Cliarles GiMinod's "FaiHt" was pretvnt^d cn the Carfiondflle campus of Soudiern jriinnis LhriwrsTEy ihis pa^ S^ltirday end Sunday. ' Il wkll be repealed in Hatha-p"
way HdU of MoniiLellQ CoHfRei''| with ¦ skeleton head, tfie dead IGodfrey, UN, on Wednondoy ofjli^ flAJ-m under ihfi s^ip al a Otis week, Marjon? LawrMLff, idemen led superwoman prototype, lone of tht grewest of tipenjlwo Karalt e rpei1*i fifi+il lo a I Pars, directed mid prodUMil Uje ' ^tindsiiJL olher sihfetes prao ! rfwn. I Lice hurdFing n^ei die henl fctim^
I NAZE ERA FAUST ^olbelly dancers, a chiJd in a
Miw Dun+wrn's concept
' Fausi brings II up Rt dal# rJie local? being Frankfurt bE the I beginning of World War II. The imi'-'it nolable change is The Wal- Ipurgis Nighl BallH, Unq May Day eve hae been iransiormed jjiin tha horroTi of a Nad car cenEration camp and die sym- boJi^tic liappenLngs c^ime IliA and funous.
The terish o\ heallFi aad spflrl Is contrasted with ibc ti^^on I of elRininitH budirs. ' T%^o aihleics pljy haskeJ^aH
coffin is carrted by hi*; lic+ifly c^d rmak9 led by g Walkyrlan slrip-lear arid as a giganlrc clmiEn a brack Jackeled mMor- cyclisl roars across l^e stage. STARTUNG EFFECT Tlie c/fecl Is slarTling' ITie Edea j5 magnilicRnt and Hit evei:u- tkm of the idea came cke. Two ih\aRi ler Mis? Dunham down-^ nd the lack of pro-
As Ih? curtain aprnd the scent waa stark horror wirh bodlFS frozen in Iheir actionp
¦ininlt OD wirti, on ilumpB of IrfEn and on ^ ground hut Gi unnd\ bdlEet music sounded lipihl and aJry. Tbe Lelebraiod WJichti Dance manages to cDine cks* to ihfl drama re¬ quired,
'[Tie second mi':nial -h was rlii infivperfpnc* of iJie perfnnrpr'^ Th* pjilhearprs were requirfd to Itump, grind, shmy and shake in ffie Iwii DunPtam rradjMQn,
Thfl young ladies bad Ibt physical ability but lacked Uie nflnlon spirit sa necessary ro tLich dancing and rhe result vaix oftn self-conseious, Ann McCleCd and Dave BFacl Were mipsrh as the primary 'dancer.^. The composite elfeci Itte scene wa^ eiiceJlent and It would have l een sHB^ftiing cm professional ila^e,
Ttie updaiinf of the lesi of Ae oppra was m name orly.
The casF was dominaCfd hy Joai Tfinmas, a studenl of Mj Laurence hbo lelumcd to ihe campj'i for this pcoduclion.
His Mephlstepbelei was vital, excLiLn^ and triM to the riam- bi yanl reciuitemenls of the role. His eicuherance ecLasiin- aily carried him off pilch but h 1 s rtsboanE bass - barii[ ne voice filled the andiiDFium and his acting vas convincing. Douijlas Homer has an c*ip1- Jenl tenor votce for ilie ule mle but hi? "okl man" wbh nni saus- faclory. Sharon Ifuebner san^ Marguerite wrlh style and Lud- kw Hallman made Vplentine orw of the bright ^pots of the produc¬ tion. Mr. Hallman also cnriducted the fine non-pn^essicmal orches¬ tra during the second act i^hilo Wartea van Bockhom wa? in charge thioughcut tlie re^c oi [he proirara.
ITie toLaT effort was an en- thisiastic, well pr' dLLLed opeEa, There was seldom any doiibi thai the performers were amateurs but thecP was aIsu constant proof dial tlie drrecllQa was pro- hcskmal.
Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)22 x 14
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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