[Made it to Friday! Mood: Valkyrie.
– Smash the patriarchy, and smash this early morning meeting with the faculty advisory board, where tenured people bitch about equipment and recognition, while the rest of us counts the months until our fixed-term contracts run out without chance of renewal because this very board decided that they do not want to encourage people to seek tenure. Burn ’em, and get new cheap PhD students instead, and then burn those, too! – Ride of the Valkyries, Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, Valencia Nuremberg 2014.]

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The Twelve White Shirts of Christmas (3)

[Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) in Patrice Chéreau’s take for the ages of Strauss’ “Elektra”, Barcelona/Liceu 2016. – Photo Credit: Antoni Bofill for the Liceu]

On the third Day of Christmas, the White Shirts sent to me:

One Elektric Candle

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Red Soprano Alert

[…
Sorry. Coherent thought just went out the window over Patricia Petibon in Massenet’s “Manon”, as staged by Olivier Py, Geneva 2016.]

Well, if I had know Massenet’s “Manon” could turn out like that, I might have stopped complaining about the “women like sparkles, what are they to do, they can’t help it, they are mindless little h*ssies and do bad things to poor men if they are not sufficiently controlled” narrative and taken a deeper look.

And started a petition to give Petibon a trouser role because what she does with physical power dynamics and space in those ten minutes she is wearing this outfit is a thing to behold (take a look at the liveblog to see our initial reactions).

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