• Robert Wilson, “the CIVIL warS”

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg

    To judge from the disappointed tone of Dutch press reviews of the world premiere of the first episode of “the CIVIL warS,” Robert Wilson can still shock even the most faithful of his fans. What the critics disliked most was what they termed the use of clichés: notable figures from Dutch history, such as William the Silent, Queen Wilhelmina, and World War I female spy Mata Hari, people décors of frozen seascapes alternating with sun-drenched scarlet tulip fields. The stage image is unremittingly colorful, showing a marked resemblance to a collection of picture postcards. The music has no affinity

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