Max Black is performed by a single actor, André Wilms, who plays a pyromaniac philosopher on an expedition through a laboratory of the mind. Composer, Heiner Goebbels succeeds in theatrical alchemy with a work that combines experimental music and astounding onstage pyrotechnics with texts by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Paul Valéry, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and Russian-born mathematician Max Black.
Max Black premiered in 1998 in Lausanne and has toured since extensively throughout Europe and Canda. It is the second part of a trilogy featuring the actor André Wilms. The first part, ›Ou bien le débarquement désastreux‹, was created in 1993 and the third part, Eraritjaritjaka - museé des phrases, from 2004 was awarded the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Max Black is performed mostly in French with German subtitles.
Text, music and direction: Heiner Goebbels
Set design and light: Klaus Grünberg
Pyrotechnics: Pierre-Alain Hubert
Costumes: Jasmin Andreae
Sound design: Willi Bopp
Musical collaboration and live sampling: Markus Hechtle
Dramaturgy: Stephan Buchberger
Director’s assistant: Katja Armknecht
With: André Wilms
Production: Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E
Co-production: TAT (Frankfurt), DeSingel (Antwerp), Bayerisches, Staatsschauspiel/ Marstall, (Munich), MIGROS Pour-cent culturel
With the support of: STEIM-Studio for Electronic and Instrumental Music (Amsterdam), PRO HELVETIA
Performance rights: S.Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main
Photos: Mario del Curto