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Underwater Opera

If they always incorporated dance with opera, i might be persuaded to actually sit thru an entire performance. Mebbe.

Sasha Waltz has now taken the opera Dido and Aeneas, which always had a couple of dance scenes, and expanded it. Each character has a singer and a dancer, forming a kind of duet. That sounds pretty kewl to me.

Waltz has gone a step further, adding a water tank. The stills can be viewd from this page.

Waltz's version of the work, for which she has cast both a dancer and a singer in each main role, opens with dancers bobbing, diving, swimming and gliding their steps in a tank of water. This underwater sequence relates to the libretto of the opera's prologue, for which the original music is lost, in which mythical sea creatures dance as the gods Apollo and Venus look on.

The review in the Guardian seemed to like the water prologue. Another reviewer said the choreography was sadly limited but on the whole an interesting device.

When i look at the stills, all i can think is "I hope they filter that water".

By min | March 15, 2007, 11:27 AM | Music