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Von Kopf bis Fuss

La Cieca is happy to present the following ready-made blind item: “[Calixto] Bieito is soon to work with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, in another co-production with ENO, but the details of what, when and how are closely guarded – possibly due to the likely degree of resulting fuss.” [The Independent]

48 comments

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    As long as there’s a flame thrower in the production, everything will be fine.
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  • alejandro says:

    My issue is that his productions usually look so ugly. The lighting, the costumes, the concepts . . . there’s a vulgarity there that’s just hard to look at. There are a lot of contemporary theater directors who do the same thing--use of fluorescent lighting, power suits from Ann Taylor and Today’s Man, industrial scaffolding, digital video, cluttered set design . . . and it’s just well unappealing to look at, IMO.

    Maybe I’m just too romantic. I prefer my regie to look like the Willy Decker Traviata. Very clean lines and staging and design. As a theater artist, that has always been my preferred aesthetic--minimalist romantic.

    • kashania says:

      I’ve seen a lot of chunks of Bieito’s productions on YouTube (and hope to see one in person one day). While I wouldn’t go as far as ugly or vulgar, I would agree that his productions generally have a very grim, gritty look to them that I don’t particularly like. The direction is always very thoughtful but I wish his insight into the operas were tied to a more appealing visual aesthetic.

      I found Decker’s Traviata interesting but overrated, but I did love the look of it.

  • zinka says:

    I KNEW they would now find a place for the old toilet bowls in the Family Circle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!