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Elaborate digital reconstruction for an immersive experience: The Ars Electronica Futurelab revived “Faust” from 90 years ago for the Salzburg Festival.

Faust VR by the Ars Electronica Futurelab for the renowned Salzburg Festival was part of the celebrations in the fall of 2023 when the theater world honored one of the most distinguished German-speaking people in theater of the 20th century, Max Reinhardt.

The Salzburg Festival commemorated the theatrical magician by, among other activities, recreating one of his most famous projects: the acclaimed production of Goethe’s “Faust” (1933-1937) at the venue Felsenreitschule in Salzburg with “FAUST 2023 – A performative tour”.

The Salzburg Festival devised a unique dramaturgy while the Ars Electronica Futurelab created the virtual reality application Faust VR: a unique experience, thanks to an elaborate digital reconstruction of the famous stage set.

To learn more about Faust VR, visit the Ars Electronica Futurelab project page and the blog post “Theater magic reimagined”.