David Marton, who trained as a classical pianist in Budapest and Berlin and who has collaborated with Christoph Marthaler and Frank Castorf among others, is known for his unconventional ideas. In his own works he continuously explores how theatre can develop from music. The new creation of Narcissus and Echo examines the impossible encounter of two mythological figures: The nymph Echo can only communicate by repeating the words of others, while Narcissus is a beautiful young man who cannot stop looking at his own reflection. In their union, sonic self-reflection and visual self-observation meet, yet do not come together. For Marton, the question of identity and the (im)possibility of a bridge from the self to the other is a fundamental theme in art. Here, Ovid’s myth is broken down into its individual parts and reassembled in an unending meta morphosis that contrasts music from the Baroque to the present with the digital sounds of our everyday lives.
- Artistic Team
Concept, direction David Marton Scenography Christian Friedländer Light design Henning Streck Dramaturgy Lucien Strauch, Barbara Engelhardt Music Paul Brody (Trumpet, Composition), Michael Wilhelmi (Piano, Composition), Daniel Dorsch (Sound design, Composition) Costumes Valentine Solé By and with Thorbjörn Björnsson, Paul Brody, Daniel Dorsch, Vinora Epp, Marie Goyette, Michael Wilhelmi
Production Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne Co-production Wiener Festwochen, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg - scène européenne, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, Théâtre de Caen, Les 2 Scènes - Scène Nationale de Besançon With the support of L’École de la Comédie de Saint-Étienne / DIÈSE # Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Pro Helvetia - Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Europäisches Programm für grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit Interreg Frankreich-Schweiz 2014-2020, FEDER Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin
Premiere June 2019, Wiener Festwochen
David Marton is a Hungarian, Berlin based director for music theatre, born in 1975. After studying piano in Budapest, he joined the Hanns Eisler Berlin Academy of Music where he learnt from directors Christoph Marthaler, Frank Castorf and Árpád Schilling – with whom he soon collaborated as a musical interpreter and arranger. Early he has become attracted to the relationship between theatre and music where one never dominates the other. By searching for the rhythm and melodious harmony within theatre and the drama within music, by revisiting major canonical works in a manner as free as it is learned, he reveals the musicality of beings and the imaginary possibilities of music. The performances as well as the operatic productions of this artist are today produced and acclaimed by Europe’s greatest theatres and opera houses, in particular, the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, the Münchner Kammerspiele and the MC93 in Paris.
His production Rheingold was in 2011 coproduced and presented by Wiener Festwochen.