Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions

Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists


German /  English /  With English surtitles /  approx. 100 minutes

“Beware of a Holy Whore” (1970) was said to be Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s own favourite film: ostensibly a drama about personal vanities and power, an enigmatic film about the influence of economic restraints on the artistic result. With his 17-person international cast Laub dissects the film, contrasting it in sharp edits, repetitions and duplications with Goethe’s “Faust” and elements from animism. In large group scenes and solos that flash up like portraits, what is presumably disparate orbits around the central questions of the film and of Goethe’s classic: the relation of the individual to the group, the dynamics of community formation and the partly tragicomic search for meaningful insights in a secularized society. Driven by variations of the Madison Dance, the interplay of dance, film, music and drama slowly pulls the viewer into the spell of a world full of struggles over love and power and the tension between tenderness and violence, which seems both oddly strange and at the same time all too familiar.


Conceived and directed by: Michael Laub / With: Juli Apponen, Allison Brainard, Magdalena Chowaniec, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer, Astrid Endruweit, Lukas Gander, Robert Gather, Melissa Holley, Mike Iveson Jr., Vanthy Khen, Florian Lenz, Teyva Ly, Gabrielle Miller, Melissa Anna Schmidt, Chanrotha Un, Greg Zucc / On Video: Hilde Dalik, Luis Lüps, Daniel Philipp Roth, Jereon van Vliet / Dramaturgy: Astrid Endruweit / Choreography: Greg Zuccolo, Vanthy Khen, Michael Laub / Video & Technical Director: Bodo Gottschalk / Light: Nigel Edwards / Sound: Stephan Wöhrmann, Toni Bräutigam / Assistant Director & Production: Declan Rooney / Production Assistant & Subtitling: Ayako Toyama / Costumes: Maria Roers, Monique Van den Bulck, Rebekka Schwark, The Cast / Set Elements: Iris Christidi / Artistic & Production Advisor: Michael Stolhofer / Artistic Production Manager: Anna Bergel / Executive Producer: Coralie Morillon / Management Remote Control Productions: Claudine Profitlich / Featuring extracts from: "Beware of a Holy Whore", a film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1970) © Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation / Music: Original soundtrack to ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’, Ray Bryant, Cambodian Space Project, Pou Khlaing and Mute Speaker. / Mitwirkende am Drehort: DOP & Camera: Martin Langer / Chief Gaffer & Camera: Jean Chhor / Technical Director: Bodo Gottschalk / Sound Operator: Chek Dara / Assistant Camera & Sound: Seap Hour / Sound Assistant: Vutha Koam / Production Assistant: Sithy Pang / Gaffers: Sok Deun, Veasna Leang, Naem Nop, Soy Sam / Set & Props Designer, Costume Manager: Sarah Marcni / Makeup Artist: Pothmolita Dou / Props: Khun Phyrak / Cast Management: Julia Leyris / Extras: Savy Mey, Samnang Kim, Soy Sam, Naem Nop, Khun Phyrak / Making-of Video: Astrid Endruweit / Additional Video: Magdalena Chowaniec, Oyen Rodriguez and an excerpt from 'Le corps du texte, Tatouages rituels du Cambodge' by Olivier de Bernon and Olivier Delpoux. EFEO/CCF 1998 / Thank you to: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation - Juliane Lorenz & Livia Fiorio, Jean-Michel Filippi, Giusi Tinella, Sok Visal, Daniela Hahn, Mathieu Ly, The Pavilion Hotel, Knai Bang Chatt Resort and Villa Romonea / For Larry:

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  • Past
    Wed 28.6.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
    Fri 30.6.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sat 1.7.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sun 2.7.2017, 20:00 / HAU2


Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Phare Productions – International branch of Phare Performing Social Enterprise and Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions.

Realised with the financial support of Haupstadtkulturfonds.

Kindly supported by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation and Fonds Transfabrik – German-French found for performing arts.

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