INDULGING IN BAROQUE AND FIRST FLOP EVER: KLEINE KOMEDIE

We ventured into exploring the clichés of operettas, ballets and baroque melodrama – which took us into endless fun and indulgence … We would spend endless days and hours in the city library – before the internet – finding fragments, quotes, photocopying, listening to music fragments …

Story to come: – Making a golden Venus Shell that can’t go out the door.

On April the 1st 1986, (almost as April fools joke) – a much-promising, a ‘full-colour-packaged’ performance -“LE TRIOMPHE DE LA FIDELITE” (visual comedy, based on motives from baroque melodrama; with original script, costumes, scenery, special effects, etc) – premiered and got a bad review, in a half-full house of De Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam. We took that “flop” as if it was the end of the world (reality was not far from that since we faced for the first time the consequences of serious financial disaster).

After Kleine Komedie – disaster, we were left all alone. Following the example of the famous critic who rose halfway through the show and left the show demonstratively, until yesterday’s friends, fellows, fans turned their backs on us and started to disassociate themselves – like – there is no way that we have anything to do with such a horrible show”.

WE’LL NEVER MAKE THEATRE AGAIN!

 

More Stories to Come:

Story: – ’86 contract with Harry Owens; ’87 leaving to Köln + return
Story: – Financial disaster and humiliation – cleaning, astrology and tarot.
Story: – From ’88 Le Triomphe… again (old people’s houses),
Story: – … and with the help of Minnie Marx (touring Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain).

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