William Kentridge, Faustus in Africa (1995)

“The legend of Faust is based on the story of the sixteenth-century learned scholar who squandered his fortune and then sold his soul to the devil in exchange for additional time to search for the meaning of existence through travel and indulgences. After making his pact with the devil, Handspring’s Faustus goes on a safari. Indulging in elaborate feasts and buying sprees, Faustus attempts to consume all that Africa has to offer. Transposed to Africa his desires become those of the archetypal greedy colonialist – his victims the African people and their land.”

Creative Team Production: Handspring Puppet Company in association with The Market Theatre, Art Bureau (Munich), Kunstfest (Weimar), the Standard Bank National Arts Festival, The Foundation for the Creative Arts, and Mannie Manim Productions.

  • Director: William Kentridge
  • Design: Adrian Kohler, William Kentridge
  • Animation: William Kentridge, with assistant animator: Hiltrud von Seydlitz
  • Additional text: Lesego Rampolokeng
  • Lighting design: Mannie Manim
  • Sound design: Wilbert Schubel
  • Music: James Phillips, Warrick Sony
  • Costumes: Hazel Maree, Hiltrud von Seydliz
  • Cast Dawid Minnaar, Leslie Fong, Busi Zokufa, Louis Seboko, Antoinette Kellermann, Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler
  • Performances 1995 in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, UK, Portugal, Australia, Belgium, Israel, Denmark, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, USA

William Kentridge (1999) “Faustus in Africa,” Contemporary Theatre Review, 9:4, 45-82 (PDF)