Rethinking the Vampire: the Fantastic on the Puppet Stage
This article examines the new production of The Tales of Hoffmann at the Salzburger Puppentheater under the direction of Philippe Brunner (2019). Afterlife figures such as the devil, the vampire and the ghost are not always identifiable figures located in one single body. They are interiorised, becoming an expression of psychological distress, and spread to many characters. The staging with string puppets in Salzburg dematerialises the afterlife figures and helps rethinking their traditional characteristics.
Keywords: fantastic; Hoffmann; devil; vampire; interiorisation; psychologisation
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