- Musical theatre - Animated semi-fictional documentary filmPetrus the Roman (2012)
The show Petrus the Roman is a fictive documentary about the evolution of artist Wayn Traub to his alter ego, the porn director Petrus. The name Petrus refers to a Medieval prediction about the last pope of Rome, the successor of Benedictus. Wayn Traub believes that he, as Petrus, has to kill this last pope in order to save the world.
In a partly animated documentary film, that takes place in the Filippines and the Vatican, Wayn/Petrus crosses the border between reality and fiction. Petrus the Roman is a hallucination, a dangerous clash between eroticism, catholicism and iconography. It’s a daring perspective on Western hyperrationality, hypocritical Catholicism and artistic passivity. The documentary focuses on the use of activism, violence and art, with testimonies and contributions by the American self-declared prophet William Tapley, the Ukrainian feministic nude activistst of Femen, artist-guru Alejandro Jodorowski, and many others.
The show brings the film with music composed by Mishiru Oshima and DJ Prepare. This music, in a live remix by DJ Prepare makes the performance an energetic docu-musical.
Petrus the Roman is the very last performance by Wayn Traub. After this production, under the name of his alter ego Petrus, Wayn Traub quits making theatre. In the next years he wants to develop his work independently, as a reaction to the contemporary crisis. He is convinced art should be liberated from governments and all kinds of institutions, and he has not asked for any more subventions for his company Service to Others.