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English National Opera（イングリッシュ・ナショナル・オペラ／ENO）で、ヘンデルのメサイア（Messiah）を観た。イエス・キリストの生涯を描いたオラトリオの名作・メサイアは、もともとオペラの楽曲ではないのだが、気鋭の演出家・Deborah Warner（デボラ・ワーナー）によって、現代社会を舞台に、ダンスを取り入れたユニークなオペラ作品に仕上がった。衣装も小物も現代風、時折舞台後方のスクリーンに宗教画が映されたり、キリスト教の儀式に使われる小道具が劇中に出てくる程度で、キリストの物語にも関わらず宗教色は強くない。ティーンエイジャーの妊娠はマリアの処女懐胎、天使が羊飼いにキリスト降誕を告げる場面は、お遊戯会で子供たちがその場面を演じる形に、キリストの磔刑シーンは、若者の喧嘩に変えるなど、原作と繋がりを持たせようとしているが、ちょっと無理があるかも。キリスト教の学校に行っていたので、ある程度の知識はあるのだが、舞台上で起こってることと音楽とどう繋がりがあるのか分からず、後でタイムズ紙のレビューを読んで、ああそういうことだったのかと得心した。
We saw Handel‘s Messiah at the English National Opera (ENO). Messiah was not written for opera, but the director Deborah Warner transforms this oratorio masterpiece into an unique opera work, setting in modern urban life and taking in dance elements. The opera seems to reduce religion to a minimum – costumes and stage sets are modern, except the religious arts occasionally projected on screens and some ceremonial objects used in some scenes. The director tries to make a connection between the original story and this opera, but the attempt unfortunately doesn’t not really work well and quite cheesy: the Virgin Birth becomes teenage pregnancy, the meeting of shepherds and angels is turned into a school nativity play, and Christ’s scourging and Crucifixion translate into a fight among youths. I went to a Protestant school and know a bit about the life of Jesus Christ, but I barely understood the relationship between the music and what was going on on the stage. I figured out the meaning of some scenes after I came back home and read the review by the Times.
The biggest problem for me was the kids in the opera – I know it is not their fault but it was just annoying. A 6 year-old boy was almost always on the stage, walking around, running or sitting down, and it was very distracting. The scene of school play was really irritating as well, except a song by a boy with beautiful clear voice: the kids jumped up and down and the parents took a pictures or filmed with camcorders. It is reported that the opera uses 44 extras other than singers, including dancers. Some people just stand up or lie down – is it really necessary to put useless people on the stage??
However I I like Handel and Baroque music and enjoyed the music a lot: the Handel specialist conductor Laurence Cummings led the orchestra beautifully and voices of the two female soprano and alto singers were truly graceful. The modern and simple stage sets designed by Tom Pye were interesting, such as video footage of modern society (people going up and down on an elevator, or silhouettes of moving cranes) and transparent coffins placed all over the stage at the final part. We got a ticket, original price of £71 for only £10 with Evening Standardpromotion – so it was really worth going. But I would be upset if I paid £71 for the opera…
マリスカルは、1989年にEstudio Mariscalを設立、世界に名だたるデザイナーや建築家等とのプロジェクトを手がけてきた。著名建築家、設計者19名が各フロアをデザインして話題を呼んだ、2005年オープンのマドリッドの高級ホテル「ホテル・プエルタ・アメリカ」では、フェルナンド・サラス（Fernando Salas）とともに11階を担当。スペインの靴ブランド、Camper（カンペール）のバッグコレクション「Camper For Hands（カンペール・フォー・ハンズ）」のロゴタイプやグラフィックも手がけ、2003年9月に開店したカンペール表参道店も設計・デザインした。また、1991年から94年まで発行されていた日本のタウン誌・apo（アポ、S.S.コミュニケーションズ）のマリスカルの表紙デザインも見ることができる。
The first UK retrospective of Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal, “Mariscal: Drawing Life” at Design Museum will finish soon in November 1. This exhibition put Mariscal’s works over 30 years together on the same floor, and is extremely colorful and fun. Born in 1950 in Valencia and based in Barcelona since 1970, multi-talented Mariscal have produced a wide variety of works – anything creative. ‘Cobi‘, the official Olympic mascot he designed for the Barcelona 1992Olympic Games, made his name worldly recognized. Mariscal: Drawing Lifepresents his major works in all kinds of medium, raging from drawing and illustration which are the basis for his designs, to painting, sculpture, cartoon characters, interior design such as furniture and lighting, graphic design including corporate identity and typography, textiles, landscaping, films, photographs and so on.
He opened the Estudio Mariscal in 1989 and has collaborated in several projects with famous designers and architects. His most notable works include Hotel Puerta América in Madrid (opened in 2005), a project in which the best architecture and design studios of the moment participated. Estudio Mariscal and Fernando Salas were responsible for the interior design of the eleventh floor. He is in charge of the logotype and graphic for the new brand of bags for Camper, “Camper For Hands, ” and designed a Camper shop in Omotesando, Tokyo in September 2003.
Mariscal’s superb combinations of colors, innovative designs, and his very original style of “out-of-shape” illustrations, often noisy but at the same quite relaxing as well – it is like a bright Spanish sun in a clear blue sky.
We went to see “Rosalind Nashashibi” exhibition (Sep 10 – Nov 1) at ICA. Palestinian-British artist Nashashibi was born in London and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Much of her work consists of films of everyday life in urban environments. The exhibition presents 16mm films from the last four years as well as examples of her photographic works. Here is my favorite two works of hers.
‘The Prisoner’ (2008) is a double-projection film work. The camera follows a woman around the brutalist architectural landscape of Southbank Centre in London. Nashashibi projects the same images side by side but creates a six-second time lag between the left and right screens.The delay doubles the senses of tension and thrill, and fascinates the viewers.
‘Eyeballing‘ (2005) juxtaposes scenes of New York policemen with the serendipitous ‘faces’, such as electric sockets, fire hydrants and shop windows, that Nashasibi finds in the city. The contrast between the tough looking policemen scrutinizing around and foolish-look soulless static ‘faces’ was pretty intriguing.