23th July to 25th August 2014

The Wasp Factory (Die Wespenfabrik), world premiere

Art Of Our Times

A work of music theatre by Ben Frost, text by David Pountney,
after the novel by Iain Banks

The piece is for three performers, string quintet and electronics
In English with German surtitles

Disturbing, fascinating, grotesque

The Wasp Factory

Premiere 1 August 2013 – 7.30 p.m., Werkstattbühne
1 1/4 hours, no interval

Based on the best-selling novel by Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory has at its heart a quest for identity under the most outrageous circumstances. Abandoned by his mother and left to his own devices by his father, Frank grows up on a remote island. He styles himself as its ruler  and adheres to a self-invented warrior cult. The return of his deranged half-brother Eric triggers a series of events that finally reveal the secret hidden in his father's locked laboratory…

The compositions of Ben Frost, an Australian who lives in Iceland, are as gripping as they enigmatic, beautiful and bizarre. His music is rich in contrasts; influenced by classical minimalism as well as genres like punk, rock and metal, Frost's textures seem to emerge from nothing and coalesce into huge, forbidding forms. The physical presence of his compositions can be felt as well as heard.

Additional performance: 3 August – 7.30 p.m.

Price: 26 Euro
Introductory talk (in German) half an hour before the performance begins (admission free).

Director: Ben Frost
Stage designer: Mirella Weingarten
Costume designer: Boris Bidjan Saberi
Lighting designer: Lucy Carter
With: Jördis Richter, Mariam Wallentin, Lieselot De Wilde und Reykjavik Sinfonia.

Commissioned by Art of our Times / Bregenz Festival
A production of HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and Laura Berman_Next, Berlin in co-production with the Royal Opera House, London and Holland Festival, Amsterdam in association with Cork Midsummer Festival. The Wasp Factory is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Nordic Culture Point.