Photo: Hans Gerritsen
On this photo: Joke Zijlstra

Choreographer: Jiří Kylián

Jiří Kylián on 'Frankenstein!!':

“Why this title? 'Frankenstein!!' is only one of the possibilities. The production is not a modification of the roman by Mary Shelley, or one of the many movies that have been made on the subject. The work by Gruber/Artmann wasn’t based on the narrative of the Frankenstein story, but instead is centered around the effect of the Frankenstein image.
Two important points:

1. The deep-rooted fear of manipulation of man in many ways.
2. The ever so big fascination for horror and brutality.

Gruber and Artmann react to this phenomenon with a caricature drawing of idols, who represent this horror, this inhumane brutality: shameless double standard, that at the same time mock this moral.”


  • Title: Frankenstein!!
  • Date Created: 1987
  • Rights: Hans Gerritsen
  • Choreographer: Jiří Kylián
  • Music: Heinz-Karl Gruber on texts by H.C. Artman
  • Light: Joop Caboort
  • Decor: Stephen Meaha
  • Costumes: Stephen Meaha
  • World Premiere: March 5, 1987, Circustheater, Scheveningen

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