News from the Goetheanum

For the first time in abridged form: The Goetheanum Stage will once again be presenting Goethe's 'Faust 1 and 2' in 2020

In 2020 Faust 1 and 2' by Johann Wolfgang Goethe will be performed again at the Goetheanum. Now that the initial funding has been secured, nothing stands in the way of a new production of Goethe's 'Faust.'

Since its world premiere in 1938, the Goetheanum theatre has regularly hosted unabridged performances of both parts of the tragedy, the only one of its kind in the world. 

This new production heralds the opening of a new 'Faust' era at the Goetheanum:  

  • For the first time since the premiere by Marie Steiner, Andrea Pfaehler, a woman assumes the directing role again. 
  • Andrea Pfaehler will rehearse Goethe's 'Faust 1 und 2' for the first time in the Goetheanum tradition in an abridged version of an estimated eight hours of drama.

Andrea Pfaehler (director and actress), Eduardo Torres ( responsible for eurythmy), Stefan Hasler (artistic director) and Nils Frischknecht (stage manager) gave their first insights into 'Faust at the Goetheanum' at an information event on 20 February 2019 at the Goetheanum. The issue discussed was how they would shorten the performance while preserving the overall impression, for which Georg Darvas was commissioned. The special relationship between acting and speech formation and eurythmy was also addressed. 

The premiere will occur in the summer of 2020.

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The Goetheanum is the headquarters for the School of Spiritual Science and the General Anthroposophical Society. The School of Spiritual Science with its eleven sections is active worldwide in research, development, teaching, and the practical implementation of its research findings and is supported by the Anthroposophical Society.

Events range from lectures on special themes, to large, international conferences, to performances by  ensembles and guest performances in Eurythmy, theater, puppetry and music. 

Situated in the Jura landscape, 10 Kilometers South of Basel, the Goetheanum sits grand on the Dornach hill, with its expressive architecture and picturesque garden park, café and a bookstore.