[Actual Disney Prince Holofernes
(phrases I never thought I would utter!): Teresa Iervolino in Vivaldi’s “Juditha Triumphans”, Venice/La Fenice 2015]
Since I cheated on Monday and posted a female role (and not a trouser role) for White Shirt Monday, let me balance the scales and cheat again and post some long skirts for White Skirt Wednesday that, yes, may involve powerful women, but actually belong on warrior Holofernes, who is very much a trouser role. Cue fatal attraction.
[a foreboding of ‘if she turns around, I will be too stunned to move’ turning into five glorious minutes of Iervolino’s Holofernes being indeed too stunned to move: Teresa Iervolino (Holofernes) and Manuela Custer (Juditha) in Vivaldi’s “Juditha Triumphans”, Venice 2015.]
I was rewatching this production today (for initial reactions, check the liveblog) and I was again blown away by how queer it can be read. I was sitting in front of my screen squealing in delight, “This is the gayest thing ever!” every few minutes, and by ‘gay’ I mean ‘lady gay’.
Vagaus and Holofernes talking about girls, while Vagaus is actually jealous and making eyes at Holofernes.
Vagaus still hitting on Abra and being tongue-tied around Juditha.
Abra and Juditha and the old ‘feudal lord and handmaiden’ trope.
Abra smoldering at anyone in sight.
And there is Francesca Ascioti showing up as the High Priest because was there not enough strutting yet?!
And then there’s Holofernes swashbuckling and skulking and scowling at everything, and staggering at the sight of Juditha.
My screen should have changed to a plaid pattern on default by the time the titles rolled.
Also, the next Disney movie called: they want their prince back.