Freudiana (The Musical)

Story Outline...
Eric, a young man, goes with his travelling companions and visits Freud's Londoner Museum. Nobody, not even the museum directress, feels like occupying themselves with Freudiana - that is, with Freud's items and cases - ten minutes before the museum closes. But at this point they have already paid!

The visit gets done in a great haste in order that the museum may be closed, but Eric is left behind. After vain attempts to free itself, his phantasy, goaded by Freud's famous couch, recalls images where past and present mix.

The floor swings, the museum seems to fade away, the collection of antiques seen by Eric on Freud's desk comes alive. A nursemaid pushes a pram. Eric's questions lead him deeper and deeper into an oneiric labyrinth.

Eric's travelling companions meet him again and notice that he's changed: five cases, which Freud analysed, obtain new life in Eric's oneiric meetings (artists appear from every side). The Circus Directress announces the actors:

  • Little Hans, a five-year-old-child, suffered from zoophobia. He couldn't leave his own house for he was scared that a horse might bite him. This phobia was probably caused by the fact that Hans saw his parents while they were making love.
  • The Ratman, a young Russian noble, suffered from depression. He saw white wolves on a walnut tree in his always recurrent dream. This nightmare was due to an event which happened when he was still a new-born baby.
  • The Ratman imagines that his father and a lady, whom his father loved very much, are made eat by big rats (that's an oriental torture).
  • The Judge, a forty-two-year-old-man, who is successfull and very much in the public eye, actually grew up under the thumb of a "mad system" based on the fear of being persecuted. This "mad system" is ruled by his relations with God and by the transformation of the Judge into a woman who will redeem the world.
  • Dora, a young woman, fell into hysteria after her love relationship with a family's friend and that between her father and the family's friend wife became unbearable. The doctor tried to help Dora, but she interrupted the treatment after a few months.

Professor Clown explains to Eric that he can't be only a passive spectator at the Circus of the interpretations of dreams and of terrorizing phantasies. Besides, Professor Clown also tells him that everything he sees is as if it were reflected by a mirror. The characters that are presented at the circus tell Eric about their personal experiences concerning psychiatric treatments.

Eric, led by Dora in the role of the Professor, would like to help her, but he's forced to answer that he can't do that, for he also needs help. And so Dora disappears.

Eric finds himself in a Night-club and discovers his father between the arms of an entraîneuse. Besides, he refuses to recognize his mother in the guise of the Night-club singer. The Night-club proves to be a hospital where Eric, who is wearing a straitjacket, is hypnotised just as all the other patients are. Doctor Charcot lets Dora appear by magic, but she runs away immediately, scared. Eric isn't able to follow her.

During an Intermezzo, Madam Butterfly tells that she's tried some things: from the Baghwan to the Yoga. What does remain to be tried by her?

Waiting room: only a thin cloud of cigar smoke springs from professor's room. The Wednesday Society begins to vanish, one fights with the overcoats. A postman has just delivered a parcel to the "Analysts Association": the sender is Doctor Charcot from Paris; the content is a patient whose name is Eric. He'd like to know something more about himself. But one needs a ring to be accepted in the small circle of Freud.

The Wolfman, the Ratman and the Judge emerge again. They assert that they've never been in Paris. Dora appears in the end under manifold shapes, so that Eric isn't able to recognize the right one. She calls him and urges him not to let the moment pass in which they can see each other.

Being back from Paris and Wien, Eric is in London again: an underground train stops at Baker Street Station (which is Sherlock Holmes's address). Many passengers get off the train and pass by Eric, who believes that he recognizes Dora everywhere he turns his eyes. Only one person remains in the opposite, empty platform. He is easily recognizable by his clothes: it's Sherlock Holmes whose painstaking and persevering inquiries allow Eric to know himself. And so Eric begins to consider himself and his father relationship as a psychiatric case. Therefore he decides to enter the Tunnel of Childhood.

Eric is battered by mental associations, day-dreams and memories until he finds himself in the Oedipus-triangle between his father and his mother. Eric frees himself from the omnipotent father image thanks to a symbolic, ritual murder.

What happened during the night vanishes in the dawn of the morning sky. A person of the travel group is absent on the gangway of an airport: Eric. Before the airplane leaves, Eric is taken there. Kate scolds him, but this time Eric doesn't want to retire into his own shell. When Dora gets into the airplane, Eric understands that she is the woman of his dreams and at last he can speak to her: "Sooner or later, we'll see each other again!"

"Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?" (Keith Reid)

- Fernando Simoni and David Bellotti

Show/Studio Cross Reference...

Show Studio
does not appear The Nirvana Principle
Freudiana Freudiana
Kleiner Hans Little Hans
Ich Bin Dein Spiegel I Am A Mirror
Es Ist Durchaus Nicht Erwiesen Funny You Should Say That
Dora Dora
Du Bist Allein You're On Your Own
Ausgestossen Far Away From Home
Doctor Charcot Let Yourself Go
Frau Schmetterling Sects Therapy
Der Ring The Ring
Vision Dora Beyond The Pleasure Principle
Nie War Das Glück So Nah Don't Let The Moment Pass
U-Bahn Upper Me
Wer Ging Den Weg There But For The Grace Of God
Oedipus-Terzett No One Can Love You Better Than Me
Chorus Destiny
Freudiana Freudiana

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Track Listing
Time Track Title Vocalist
3:08Kleiner HansKai Peterson
Dagmar Hellberg
Wolfgang Pampel
Regina Lemnitz
4:00Ich Bin Dein SpiegelFelix Martin
4:42Es Ist Durchaus Nicht ErwiesenKai Peterson
Ludwig Itgenshorst
Leopold Kern
Viktor Gernot
3:55DoraKai Peterson
4:24Du Bist AlleinDagmar Hellberg
3:58AusgestossenKai Peterson
Ludwig Itgenshorst
Leopold Kern
Viktor Gernot
Dagmar Hellberg
Freudiana Ensemble
4:54Doctor CharcotNorbert Lamla
Freudiana Ensemble
4:11Frau SchmetterlingGraham Pushee
Niki Bolen
Patrick Brunner
Brian Carmak
Mike Knospe
3:06Der RingEric Minsk
Mario Steller
Dean Welterlen
James Clark
Wolfgang Pampel
Anthony d' Artagnan
Thomas Nesteler
Sam Cole
3:00Vision Dora(instrumental)
3:20Nie War Das Glück So NahKarin Zwirner
3:45U-BahnKai Peterson
Freudiana Ensemble
5:04Wer Ging Den WegKai Peterson
Freudiana Ensemble
6:25Oedipus-TerzettKai Peterson
Dagmar Hellberg
Wolfgang Pampel
Niki Bolen
Patrick Brunner
Brian Carmak
Mike Knospe
0:58ChorusNiki Bolen
Patrick Brunner
Brian Carmak
Mike Knospe
5:48FreudianaKai Peterson
Idea: Eric Woolfson
Original Theatrical Concept: Brian Brolly
Book: Eric Woolfson
Brian Brolly
Lida Winiewicz
German translation: Lida Winiewicz
Orchestral Arranging: Andrew Powell
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