Thursday, April 25, 2013

Picture of The Week, April 25, 2013

You won't find many operas as photogenic as Richard Strauss' Salome and not many productions of the piece as image-laden as one directed by Atom Egoyan. However, capturing those pictures for a stand-alone shot is no small task, but once again Michael Cooper has chosen the perfect moment in this COC production. Here he offers the scene everyone knows (but doesn't know like this): The Dance of the Seven Veils. Like Strauss' music, it is as sexual as it is violent - a queasifying blend of eros and pornographos with menace and submission also suggested. This is a classic theatre photograph in one very important sense: it makes one want to see the production.

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