Der Sturm, Deborah Warner

Der Sturm (The Tempest)      
Presented in German  
Perner-Insel, Hallein, near Salzburg, Austria, as part of the 2016 Salzburg Festival
August 2-21, 2016

Tickets for Deborah Warner's Salzburg Festival German-language production of The Tempest included a shuttle bus from the city centre to an island (Perner-Insel, Hallein) where Shakespeare's late play about power and isolation was performed.     

Directed by Deborah Warner

Creative Team:
Sets and Costumes: Christof Hetzer  
Lighting: Jean Kalman
Composing/Sound: Mel Mercier  
Video: fettFilm  

Branko Samarovski, Max Urlacher, Peter Simonischek, Daniel Friedrich, Maximilian Pulst, Charles Brauer, Saskia von Winterfeld, Christian Dieterle, Jens Harzer, Matthias Bundschuh, Matthias Redlhammer, Sara Tamburini, Dickie Beau, Wolfgang Seidenberg

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Deborah Warner's Director's Note:
"In the verse of The Tempest we experience a kind of love letter from Shakespeare to his own art, the play itself an homage to his greatest love of all – the theatre. The imagery of then lives in the play, alongside the imagery of now, and at the play’s core lies the ageless confrontation with mortality, tragic loss, redemption and the return to life. It is extraordinary to be contemplating this play at the end of a year dominated by pictures of terrifying, dangerous and life-changing sea journeys of those displaced with next to nothing, cast away on unknown islands. Once again we are reminded of what Ben Jonson said of his friend and rival William Shakespeare: ‘He was not of an age but for all time!’

When Sven-Eric Bechtolf invited me to return to Salzburg to direct a Shakespeare, I was thrilled to find The Tempest high up on his list. To come to Salzburg to make a new production of the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays – well, surely no better way to mark the 400th anniversary of his death."

Die Presse interview with Deborah Warner about her production: