The concept for this version of Faust came from director Henk Schut and conductor Robert Hollingworth: music theatre on location, a promenade performance in which the story is told through compositions from the last 500 years from De Machaut, Bach and Cardoso to Schnittke and Heppener. Even though actors played out the main characters, there was no spoken word involved, only singing by the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

The famous story of Faust who sells his soul to Mefisto starts in the study of Faust. He is fed up with having to study all the time and wants to taste life with all his senses. Mefisto – musically personified by the Nederlands Kamerkoor – can give him these experiences. Guided by Mefisto the audience and Faust start a journey to discover the meaning of life.

Performances took place in four locations. Each location gave a specific dynamic to the story: the building site of the Spoorwegmuseum Utrecht as part of the Holland Festival voor Oude Muziek (première) which was at the time a building site; in Amsterdam a shipyard on the Docklands; in Enschede in the studio’s of the Nationale Reisopera and the last performance in Bremen in the St. Petri Dom during Musikfest Bremen.

A r t e r y  realised Faust in collaboration with the Nederlands Kamerkoor and with support of Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, Fund for the Performing Arts, Holland Festival Oude Muziek, Kinetisch Noord, Musikfest Bremen, Nationale Reisopera, VSB Fund.