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Enriched Darkness

dancer.jpg From sign and sight, a page that presents a handy run down of the German papers, the feuilletons, each and every day, word that Lars Von Trier has pulled out of the Bayreuth festival, where he was to present his version (!) of the Ring cycle…

(Actually, makes a lot of sense, that he would take up a project like that, doesn’t it…)

Anyway, here’s s&s’s rereport:

The Tagespiegel has published Lars von Trier’s defence of his decision to pull out of the Wagner festival in Bayreuth next year: his plan not to let anybody see anything of his “Ring” cycle would have been too complicated to stage. “The essence of illusion is that it does not exist; or more correctly, it only exists in the mind of the spectator. How do we put it there? Simply by implication. By showing things that cause the spectator to deduce and ‘see’ the illusion that is precisely not shown. It is simple dramaturgy: if A via B leads to C, we show A and C, and let the spectator deal with B! It’s the simple recipe for conjuring tricks. … It doesn’t take much brainpower to deduce from this that all that is really interesting about the Ring cannot be seen! Like conjuring tricks, the visual mythology is a definite B! So I concluded without hesitation that the ultimate production would have to take place in total darkness! … But to a director, in addition to being consistent, total darkness is also rather meager and unsatisfactory. And anyway, Wagner’s words also include a small but very important and far-reaching number of stage directions. And to make this long story a bit shorter, permit me to take this chance to present my scenic conclusion! A conclusion partly in line with ‘theatre noire’ but which I would rather call direction using ‘enriched darkness’.”

You can find the English full text of von Trier’s piece here on his site…

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June 4, 2005 at 11:43 pm

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