Last week I saw Fragments at the Young Vic, a programme of short Beckett pieces directed by Peter Brook. In Rockaby Beckett specifies one thing – a rocking chair – and Brook does it without a rocking chair. That’s about as minimalist as you can get. At the other extreme, Keith Warner’s Ring is so over-stuffed with images, whether appropriate or not, that it bursts at the seams. He puts a crashed aeroplane in the middle of the stage for Siegfried and then makes every possible visual reference to it he can think of. In the process of spending all his time (and vast amounts of money) thinking up and executing (often ineptly) all this imagery, he forgets to direct the singers, who flap around without any focus. If Peter Brook is old hat and Keith Warner is “post-modern” (that over-used word that covers just about anything you want it to), I know which I prefer. Give me actors over sets any time.
Minimalism vs The Kitchen Sink
No related posts found...
- Biffy Clyro – The Myth Of The Happily Ever After 5 Dec 2021
- A Baroque Christmas: Eboracum Baroque @ York Mansion House, York 5 Dec 2021
- Christmas Tales: BBCSO / Oramo @ Barbican Hall, London 5 Dec 2021
- LPO / Canellakis @ Royal Festival Hall, London 3 Dec 2021
- Rival Consoles – Overflow 2 Dec 2021
- Reissues Round-up: Gorillaz, Fela Kuti, The Communards, Can 1 Dec 2021
- Nils Frahm – Old Friends New Friends 30 Nov 2021