CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2010
Christoph Schlingensief Controversial German theater director Christoph Schlingensief, 49, a controversial German theater director and performance artist, died of lung cancer Saturday. His death was announced by organizers of the Ruhr Triennale cultural festival in Bochum, Germany, where he was scheduled to present his latest production. Often called the enfant terrible of Germany's art world, Schlingensief was notorious for casting neo-Nazi skinheads as actors in a 2001 production of "Hamlet," in which former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon was burned in effigy.
October 29, 1993 |
Body sculpture and scenic spectacle unite as metaphysical movement-theater in the repertory of Sankaijuku, the Japanese performance quintet that presented Ushio Amagatsu's "Shijima" at Royce Hall, UCLA, on Wednesday. Amagatsu's scenic environments invariably change the stage into an existential theme park and "Shijima" is no exception: We see an enclosure of high walls made from three levels of granite blocks--each block containing a life-size human fossil.
November 9, 1987 |
In certain quarters, Edward Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" is regarded as something of a national monument. The grandiose oratorio, completed in 1900, may strike a few callous or unchauvinistic souls as a quaint Victorian relic. Nevertheless, as long as there's an England, Elgar's lofty rhetoric--aligned with his meandering Wagnerism and prim piety--will be ardently admired and fiercely defended.
March 27, 1991 |
Robert Wilson may have lost "the CIVIL warS"--his global, six-opera cycle that was to have climaxed the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival in 1984, had the money for it been raised--but his theatrical vision has hardly been diminished.
April 7, 1993 |
Even among opera lovers, Wagner's "Parsifal" has an undeserved reputation of being a pious, marathon bore. Tonight's Metropolitan Opera production (at 8 on KCET-TV Channel 28 and at 7 p.m. on KPBS-TV Channel 15) will do little to change that opinion. For the production, created in 1991 and filmed for broadcast over several days in 1992, conductor James Levine has assembled his favored Wagner team, who gave the Met its new "Tannhauser," "Die Meistersinger" and "Ring" cycle.
July 7, 1999 |
The Holy Grail--so miraculously made musical in Wagner's last opera, "Parsifal"--can serve as a symbol of truth and beauty for all of us; and that is something we ever more urgently need as we approach the millennium. At least that's the message in the script that Placido Domingo reads, with beguiling sincerity, at the end of Tony Palmer's "Parsifal: The Search for the Grail," tonight at 8 on KCET.