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Vesturport and Nick Cave collaborate on Faust

Theater group Vesturport and musician Nick Cave are producing a new version of Faust, visir.is reports.

Reykjavik City Theater.

„The idea has been developing for quite a while now, kept on the back burner. But now, the work has begun,” says actor and director Gísli Örn Gardarsson. The Vesturport theater group is currently working on a new stage production of Faust, which will be Reykjavik City Theater’s christmas show.

Gardarsson is currently working on the script, with his fellow Vesturport members Víkingur Kristjánsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir. “Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will be in charge of the music, which will play a large role,” Gardarsson explains.

Gardarsson finds it difficult to describe the kind of a Faust they are creating. „So many productions and stories exist and we’ve been gathering everything we can find. From that, we try to capture the essence of the story and then take it from there,” he says. Vesturport is known for its original productions of classic theater pieces. “It would be more fun to just let that come to light later. After all, nothing is new under the sun. We are simply going to make our own Faust – the way we’d like to see it.”

Gardarsson will direct the play but casting has yet to be discussed. The foursome is now busy writing at a country house at Borgarfjördur fjord’s Hvítársída. They communicate with Warren Ellis and Nick Cave through Skype.

Even if Faust will be Reykjavik City Theater’s Christmas production, it won’t be there for long. “We are also cooperating with theaters in Berlin, Hamburg and London. Then, maybe more theaters might be interested to join it. At least it doesn’t hurt to have Nick Cave on board.”

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