Lets not forget to appreciate Herzog’s re- appropriation of Puccini’s O Soave Fanciulla (Oh You Vision of Beauty) an aria from La Boheme filmed in Ethiopia of the Mursi people. Herzog was asked to re-imagine an operatic number in purely visual terms by the English National Opera in 2009 in which it was filmed “in High Definition allowing us to juxtapose the traditions of opera with a real innovative setting, the uniqueness of which is hopefully reflected in the final film.” This original piece of opera expresses intimacy but Herzog let his four (very beautiful) couples leave each other after staring into the camera and separating into the bush never to see one another again. In retrospect this is an exceptionally simple idea, very little actually happens but its rich visual and sonic quality’s completly overwhelm this sublime four and a half minute film.
SBL contributors Ron Athey & Lydia Lunch united in EMPRESS STAH, November 2&3, Spill Festival of Performance, London
EMPRESS STAH in Space is part of an ongoing project with a long-term ambition; to create a performance in outer space. As part of this research, Empress Stah has floated in Zero Gravity and made a film as The Stah Ship Trooper, strutting her stuff in the red light district of Amsterdam.
The performance is set at the Edge of chaos, and will attempt to create a lens to gaze into the essence of the human experience. The narrative has been transcribed through trance and writing sessions between Empress Stah and seminal artist Ron Athey, which took place atBentwaters in Suffolk, the site of the biggest purported UFO/Military incident in Europe.
“CULT STATUS” – THE STAGE
Expect interactive 3D animations, video mapping projections, colour changing inflatables, couture costuming, gravity defying performance and an eclectic soundtrack with original music by electro clash super star, Peaches (The Teaches of Peaches, I Feel Cream).
Hailing from the underground cabaret circuit, EMPRESS STAH delivers genre defying performances that fuse sublime aerial artistry and thought provoking acts.
Written and performed by Empress Stah
Direction Ron Athey
Music by Peaches
Text and narration by Lydia Lunch
Face corset designer Patrick Ian Hartley
Supported by Queen Mary University, Circus Space, TG Productions and Supper Club London.
Made for ShowStudio and released yesterday. It will also be showing in the windows of Le Printemps, Paris until 24th of March.
A fleeting taste of damnation in Mozart’s comic(!) opera Don Giovanni. Performed tonight at ROH. In colour ;)
From one song to another: The beautiful duet sung by Hero and her lady-in-waiting Ursule in Beatrice et Benedict – a comic opera based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, written and composed by Hector Berlioz in 1858. Listen here.
Two more performances at Royal Academy of Music.
Rummaging through a promising looking ‘BIG BAG’ in Stockholm – as you do – I was pleasantly surprised to discover a corduroy collared rain coat, 40s dress, fitted jacket and hand knitted turquoise jumper with purple sunglasses on, in good condition. Funnily enough, in the midst of all this (rubbish) I spotted a dusty but exquisite little book on Wagner.
Back from a beautiful performance of Puccini’s heart-wrenching and wonderfully passionate Tosca at the Royal Opera House in London. Couldn’t help myself from sharing a piece of this musical treasure.
Pavarotti singing ‘E lucevan le stelle’ as Mario Cavaradossi.