Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Schlingensief


Christoph Schlingensief, the Avant Garde Brecht 'Haudegen' of the German Kulturlandschaft currently features widely in German Media. His Opera Via Intolleranza II opened the Munich Opera Festival; he featured as part of the TV documentary 'Deutschland, Deine Künstler'; and then there is his 'Festspielhaus Africa', the African Opera Village, a post colonial Bayreuth for the indiginous peoples of Africa... It's not really possible to be a friend of Schlingensief's stagework. He is radical, a ruthless self promoter, a strategic self-inventor. The fact that Schlingensief is dying of cancer seems part of the whole plan. Schlingensief: a cancer opera. And thats why he will be remembered; because his work is ultimately great:

'... ich glaube schon latent, dass ich etwas zu sagen habe. ...ich bin  gerne bereit zu scheitern. Aber mann muss wenigstens etwas versucht haben. Ich muss irgendwas sagen, wenn ich sehe: Es läuft etwas falsch hier.' 
Christoph Schlingensief