Bayreuth director plans Wagner'sRing as 'world fairy tale'

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10 November 2004 , BAYREUTH - German playwright Tankred Dorst, chosen to direct the "Ring" cycle at the 2006 Richard Wagner Opera Festival, plans to make the story larger than life in what will be his first foray ever into the opera genre. He aimed to show the "Ring des Nibelungen" tetralogy as a "world fairy tale", the playwright said in interviews on Wednesday, one day after the festival authorities asked him to take over the 2006 Ring production following Lars von Trier's sudden departure last summer. D

10 November 2004

BAYREUTH - German playwright Tankred Dorst, chosen to direct the "Ring" cycle at the 2006 Richard Wagner Opera Festival, plans to make the story larger than life in what will be his first foray ever into the opera genre.

He aimed to show the "Ring des Nibelungen" tetralogy as a "world fairy tale", the playwright said in interviews on Wednesday, one day after the festival authorities asked him to take over the 2006 Ring production following Lars von Trier's sudden departure last summer.

Dorst, 78, will be making his first opera debut after a long career as one of Germany's foremost playwrights with some 35 award-winning plays to his credit and some of the plays under his own direction.

"It is thrilling that I first must find my way in this genre (opera)," Dorst told the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. "A burden is the fact that a lot of time has been lost."

But he said there may be an advantage to the fact that he can find a fresh approach to Wagner's famous opera cycle.

"I am interested in the world fairy tale, in the question of how one can establish these myths in our heads today," Dorst told the paper.

In the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, Dorst said that "by no means" would he seek to make the Ring story of gods and demi-gods into one of real-life people.

"My idea is rather to magnify the figures than to reduce them. The gods and demi-gods should remain alien, distant and powerful, just the way that our lives and our own demons often appear to be distant, alien and uncontrollable despite all our reason and technological modernity," Dorst told the Berlin paper.

Dorst will be assisted by his wife Ursula Ehler in the 2006 "Ring" production. The stage set will be designed by Frank Philipp Schloessman, with the costumes by Bernd Skodzig. Christian Thielemann will conduct the orchestra.

His selection by the 85-year-old festival director Wolfgang Wagner followed a months-long search after Danish film director von Trier suddenly stepped down last summer.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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