Just Loomis, photographer from Los Angeles, exposes Frank Castorf's work as director including Dostoyevsky's THE PLAYER and BROTHERS KARAMASOW, Ibsen's THE MASTER BUILDER, Hebbel's JUDITH and Goethe's FAUST. These five major productions - still in repertory at the Volksbu?hne this season- are, as Loomis' photography unveils, one thing in particular: a celebration of work; or rather, work and celebration at once. The pictures capture the realism of the street, which has never stopped at this theatre's gates and always been part of the Volksbu?hne's imagery - think acceleration, think overlappings and interactions with daily life, think exertion, exhaustion, dragging on, fear and ecstasy, desire and geometry. The golden cut of a Castorf production, a phenomenon once noted by Heiner Mu?ller, is potently reflected in Loomis' photographs, like splinters of a shattered mirror. The fact that beauty has a subversive background, that anarchy and subversion, in their representation, take the form of concrete stage productions, and that these stage productions are noise and control becomes apparent in the portraits of Castorf's ensemble, an ensemble that knows how to do one thing better than anything and anyone else: playing.
Opening 10 March 2017, 5 pm in the cash-box hall of the Volksbu?hne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. The photographer will be present.