[Strasbourg is indeed looking very lovely this time of year. – Raffaela Milanesi (Giunone) and Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017.]
I will confess I have last-minute googled flights and TGV tickets to Strasbourg and I am Calisto-levels desolated that I cannot make it to this show, especially since I don’t foresee any of our video outlets (ARTE, OperaPlatform, Culturebox) covering this Mariame Clément production (Les Talens Lyrique under Rousset are playing). It looks like a Xena episode directed by Todd Haynes, and I really, really wish I would have a chance to catch it. And it has Vivica Genaux, too!
I already see myself ending up writing more Big Dipper fanfic in compensation. So far, there is a brief interview trailer with Clément, who uses the H word (homosexualité), so we can safely assume that nobody is pretending that this piece isn’t wildly queer or wouldn’t be concerning, as Clément puts it, a broader affective scope regarding love: from satyr kink and violence over platonic romance (Endimione/Diana) to sexualized desire (Giove) and specific queer female desire (Calisto).
The production opens tonight in Strasbourg, running there through May 4th, to then move for two nights to Mulhouse (May 12th & 14th)
– Update: wait, it seems there will be a telecast on France3:
French White Shirts: how accessible is Fracne 3, does it livestream, has it geoblocking? Because I foresee thadieu and myself firing up all possible capturing machines. (I couldn’t find a date yet, anyone luckier?)