As the festival enters its final weekend, I thought I’d squeeze in a few more events. Last night: Il Tempo Del Postino – A Group Show at the Opera House.
This featured 15 renowned visual artists (who I’d never heard of) each giving an installation lasting up to 15 minutes long. Some lasted just a few minutes – a couple of creatures going through the mating process, for example – while others seemed to go on forever.
As was always going to be the case, this was a very hit-and-miss show. The musical performances, like a chamber orchestra who, one-by-one, left the stage mid-performance, Anri Sala’s remarkable 4 Butterflies, and an inevitable ode to Joy Division (Love will tear us apart sung a capella in absolute darkness), worked very well.
The Royal Northern College of Music provided the musical accompaniment and seemed to enjoy their role – at times being the main focus. I hear they got paid a pitiful amount, but hopefully they found it a fun experience.
The event’s finale, for those who haven’t already heard, was the most depraved thing I’ve seen on stage. Jonathan Bepler and Matthew Barney’s double-length performance involved a dog for a hat, naked women doing things unmentionable and an attempt to make a bull mate with a car. You had to be there.
All in all, a great piece of entertainment – and I’m amazed at how many empty seats there were, particularly during the finale. I noticed Mikhail Rudy from The Pianist had rushed across and was enjoying the show – and so too did I.
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