Sunday, April 27, 2008

Regietheater rocks on!

This just in from the "Because We Can" Dept., subcategory: Opera: photos from the recent "regietheater" (that's "director's theatre" in Deutsche, ya know) version of Verdi's Un Ballo en Maschera ("A Masked Ball"), staged by Johann Kresnik in Erfurt. The production takes place "in the ruins of the World Trade Center," and features a female Hitler as well as some three dozen naked pensioners in Mickey Mouse masks. Needless to say, the show sold out. That's because the public knows great art when it sees it. Me, I just dig posting this wacky shit. My only fear is that such antics short-circuit the serious appropriation of these images by the culture; face it, the genuine cultural import of the World Trade Center bombing has just been eviscerated, and replaced with gaseous celebrity-culture "shock." But that's totally harmless, isn't it? Isn't it?

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