So Foul and Fair a day I have not seen
Performance – there to meet with Macbeth following William Shakespeare
Marie Domnig, Lennard Eger, Rosa Falkenhagen, Konstantin Gries, Nick Romeo Reimann, Janus Torp, Tenzin Kolsch
STAGING – Moritz Hauthaler/ DRAMATURGY – Franz Jäger-Waldau/ STAGE AND COSTUME – Xaver Unterholzner/ SCENERY ASSISTANCE – Botond Devich/ VIDEO – Vanessa Ivan / LIGHTS AND SOUND – Katrin Langner & Fiona Hamann
On the destruction of the world order
The plot of the tragedy is well known: Macbeth, an at first upright military leader serving the king of Scotland, has a successful battle and later hears of 3 witches who claim he shall be a sovereign in the future. The witches also tell his companion, Banquo, that he shall become the first ancestor of a new royal family.
As soon as the witches disappear, Macbeth finds out that his king, Duncan, has elevated him to a sovereign status – meaning the first part of the prophecy has come true. To make the second part of the prophecy come true, so – in order to become king, Macbeth carefully conspired with his wife, Lady Macbeth, who in turn urges him to murder the king. Her plan is to paint the servants with blood so they become the main subjects. Both of Duncan’s sons flee, which Macbeth uses to his advantage, claiming they are the culprits and putting himself in the position to become the new king. So the second prophecy becomes truth.
Macbeth believes that in order to keep his hold on power he must commit further bloodthirsty crimes. In the end it there is a big, dramatic misunderstanding, caused by the witches – which ends the story. Lady Macbeth loses her mind, admits her crimes and commits suicide. King Macbeth loses his life to Macduff, who decapitates him and has the severed head presented to the new king. The piece is about the destruction and rebuilding of a world order.
This version of Macbeth was conceived to be a blending of theatre and performance, which allows the viewer to experience multiple scenes at the same time, as a parallel polydrama. There is no emphasis on a linear fashion of storytelling, it is thought that the viewer may take in the various associations and create his own narrative. All of the scenes in the play can be seen as equally valid episodes – in which the order is not necessarily important.