Richard Wagner’s last great opera Parsifal is staged for Teatr Wielki in Poznan by Hotel Pro Forma as a gesamtkunstwerk emphasizing the visual.
The movable floors of the stage are used for scenographic as well as architectonic purposes.The choir is applied to great tableau vivants.
Wagner’s symbolic world is translated to today’s language. The swan is a stuffed swan, carried by an ageing female dancer. The arrow is a huge meteor falling and crushing the house. The grail is eleven swings, the connection to to the higher powers. Gurnemanz the storyteller is a library with books in his great cape, borrowed and read by three dancers, who then bring them back. The perpetually ill Amfortas sits in his wheel chair with his right hand in a red glove. The dead Titurel ascends from the cellar, dressed in black from head to foot. Parsifal the fool is doubled by a sign language interpreter, who translates Parsifal’s song texts into expressive sign language. The enigmatic woman Kundry is doubled by a red haired dancer, who presents herself as ten different characters, all sides of the same woman.
Hotel Pro Forma’s staging of Parsifal was panned by the music critics, but loved and well attended by the audience.