DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape -

IN­SPIRED BY The Fly­ing Dutch­man, a ghostly ship doomed to sail the seas off the Cape of Good Hope for­ever. ON STAGE The plot of Wag­ner’s first opera, in­spired by a real-life stormy sea voy­age the com­poser un­der­took in his early 20s, dif­fers from the leg­end in that the cursed cap­tain can be saved by true love (a bit like Beauty and the Beast). THIS VER­SION Matthew Wild’s in­no­va­tive take – ask­ing what un­named atroc­ity per­pe­trated by the cap­tain led to damna­tion – looks at the chain of events trig­gered by the ar­rival of the Dutch at the Cape. ‘At a time when SA grap­ples with the ves­tiges of colo­nial his­tory, the pro­duc­tion deals with how we, in the 21st-cen­tury, deal with our colo­nial ghosts.’ SEE IT 17 – 26 Au­gust at Artscape, Cape Town. Tick­ets R100 – R400, but if you’re try­ing out opera for the first time, you pay half price by sign­ing up on­line at capetown­opera.co.za.

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