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 Post subject: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2001 11:51 pm 
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<B>Slow, slow... slow for a 639 year opus</B><P><BR>By Imre Karacs in The Independent<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>In the north German city of Halberstadt, a concert has begun that will last more than half a millennium, sponsors permitting. At midnight on Tuesday, a purpose-built organ played its first chord. In three years, the organist will return and press a few keys. And so it will go on, for 639 years.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=92496" TARGET=_blank><B>more....</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2001 3:08 am 
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To paraphrase Doris Humphrey: All concerts are too long.

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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2001 3:40 am 
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When choreographed, they will use Bournonville.


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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2001 4:27 am 
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It makes the seven hour play I watched at the national once seem like a breeze.


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That sounds like a rather bum-numbing experience to me. <BR>"You're a better man than I, Gunga Din"...


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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2001 1:18 pm 
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Well we did have a number of intervals - one long enough for a meal break, but on a wet Sunday afternoon on the South Bank you can't even go for a stroll to get the legs working again.<P>However it was an enthralling production called the Seven Streams of the River Ota by Robert LePage who uses a lot of Multi-media tricks in his productions. It certainly was a different experience.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2001 11:46 pm 
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I must be a bit of a pleb. After the first three hours I would have been hotfooting it to Waterloo or possibly across the river to Covent Garden, with nary a backward glance...<P>I'll take your word for it that it was good. Bet it didn't have a long run though.


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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2001 5:18 am 
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I find most plays one act too long.


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 Post subject: Re: Will it never end?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2001 7:06 am 
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Well due to the nature of the National - nothing has a long run - unless it transfers. I think this production was only on for about a week.<P>At the time I was studying for my Drama degree so I was very in to all that some of stuff. Don't know whether i would go now though.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2001 5:17 pm 
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I used to act Shakespeare, uncut, and everything was at least four hours....It was quite a task keeping the younger kids in line and styaing awake when sick so you don't miis your entrances.


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Wasnt'there a Peter Brook production of the "Mahabarata" (a Hindu epic, historical poem)at Brooklyn Academy of Music in the 80's which ran 12 hrs. I kid you not. Anyone heard of this?


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Yes I have heard of that. I think Peter Brook was renowned for doing epics. The events were more sort of "hapenings" rather than plays.


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