The pantomime "Der Traum" [lit. The Dream] with a scenario by P. Florian Reichssiegel premiered on February 25th, 1767 in the small auditorium of the Salzburg University and was Michael Haydn's first composition for the university theatre. The prominent features of this piece are tumultuous actions, surprising machinery effects, and the combination of characters from the Commedia dell' arte, Greek and Roman mythology, as well as oriental elements. The liaison of real and unreal basic elements of a dream with its fanciful turnarounds is ideally revived by means of the shadow puppet theatre.
Drawn by light and shadow, Georg Jenisch creates an amusing and fanciful atmosphere set to the vivid music of Michael Haydn’s. Through the additional cinematic transformation, this pantomime depicts a topical interpretation of the popular amusement theatre from Haydn’s time. This figure-film - visually based on hand-crafted puppets and stage settings with attention to detail - is both a contribution to the theatre history of Salzburg and a tribute to an almost forgotten art form. When it comes to amazing today's audiences with a spell binding spectacle, the magical visions of the shadow puppet theatre can easily keep up with digital animations.
With the support of the County of Salzburg.