Jakob Von Gunten
by Robert Walser
Direction and dramaturgy: Fabio Condemi
Visual concept, set and costumes design: Fabio Cherstich
with Gabriele Portoghese, Xhulio Petushi, Lavinia Carpentier
The first study of Jakob Von Gunten received special mention from Venice Biennale of theatre in 2017 – Biennale college project
The action of this novel-diary written in 1909 unfolds inside an educational institute in which young men learn to serve, the Benjamenta Institute, a symbolic place of torture and happiness, ambiguous and fantastic: these students, and among them Jakob Von Gunten, learn inverted manners, a blind obedience building to a dissociative identity, to the pleasure of self-annihilation. The drama develops weaving non-narrative combinations of events, words and images taken from the novel Jakob Von Gunten and accounts from Robert Walser’s biography.