May 8, 2012
The joy of creating something timeless
Pity the "Ring." Most people have no trouble with mega-buck price-tags for a van Gogh or Munch's "Scream." We "get" the tortured emotions and respect the artist's attempt to plumb their depths with paint. Only a relative few have the same respect or even love for the water nymphs, horn-helmeted Valkyries and rushing harmonics of Wagner's Ring opera cycle. Most see only the cliched images of century-old productions and the quaint silliness of thousand-year-old Norse myths. Wagner's Dream depicts the Met's attempt to add the production sensibilities of Cirque du Soleil - hypnotic movements of people, objects and projected images - to create a truly new Ring cycle. Whether you care whether a fig for Norse myths, you will cry with joy as these present-day heroes - designers, singers, managers, musicians, and yes! even carpenters -- join to add their own levels of greatness to this classic work of performance art. A good introduction to the Ring but a great, moving story on its own- Go!
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