Most intense art-related experiences I've had
Submitted by Zacharyyy on Sun, 07/03/2011 - 13:29
- Seeing Matthew Barney's Cremaster 3 in a theatre.
- Seeing Chris Marker's Sans Soleil in a theatre.
- First live opera I went to: Verdi's Macbeth done on a tiny intimate stage with just singers and piano as accompaniment (particularly the finale of every act).
- Reading Plato's Euthypro/Apology/Crito/Phaedo (the last days of Socrates) and feeling simultaneously completely stupid/in awe/warm and positive because of them.
- Discovering the portraits of John Singer Sargent (via google image search).
- Performing Shylock in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
- Wordsworth's "Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey".
- Watching Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life during a really panicky day (especially the wrong-medicine scene for some reason).
- Robert Frost's "Birches".
- Going to a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni and being only about ten feet from the orchestra pit (especially the overture and dinner scene).
- The ramen shop scene of Ozu's Late Autumn.
- The handful of times Peter Keating shows his fragility in The Fountainhead.
- The ellipses surrounding in Tokyo Twilight.Spoiler: Highlight to viewAkiko's Death
- Reading Jorge Luis Borges's "House of Asterion" for the first time.
- Performing the first-act finale of Verdi's Macbeth, just in the chorus, but one night it was just AN INTENSE FEELING OF FEAR AND DREAD doing that part.
- Hearing Maria Callas's version of Lady Macbeth's mad scene for the first time.
- Finally "getting" Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom after 20 or so listens.
- Watching an incredibly tense small-stage production of Shakespeare's Macbeth that induced a panic attack by the fourth act.
- Sarah Connolly singing Dido's Lament in Wayne McGregor's production of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (DVD).
- Seeing Monet's Rouen Cathedral paintings in person, up close.
- Seeing Paul Morrissey's and Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls (pirated DVD).
- Just about crying at several parts of The Velveteen Rabbit.