We are at crunch time for Magic Flute and that is eating a lot of my creative energy–but here is a tantalizing preview of what is to come of all of this work: the Saltnote Stageworks choreography of the famous Papegeno/Papegena duet is based on hip hop. Papageno is dressed in high hip hop fashion, and Papagena’s look is based on that of Avril Lavigne. In this duet they are meeting without interruption or disguise for the first time in the opera. We know at this point that they are destined to be together because they are similar in all ways. In their duet they talk about how much they are in love, and how many “Papagenos” and “Papagenas” they will have together. Imagine all that, and some hip hop!
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. -George Bernard Shaw