König Johann, translated Dantes famous work "Divine Comedy" into German under the name pseudonym Philalethes "Friend of truth". A friend of Carl Gustav Carus, Johann born in Dresden, was the central figure of the play written by Walter Henkel. Henkel's idea was that the work should be told by a delirious sick bed ridden man, jumping from one memory and vision to the next. I added to this the idea that the thoughts could be visualized through a live drawing action on stage which could be followed by the audience, giving clues and incites to the subject matter. Below is a selection of the drawings that were produced live on an overhead projector during one of the performances.

Theatre Project from 2001, Walter Henkel Director and Producer, Socitäts theatre Dresden.

König Johann