THE NEW CLASSIC ROMANCE: OSF’S RIVER BRIDE TELLS A STORY WE CAN RELATE TO, AND LEARN FROM by Mark Holthusen

"The humble but effective set must also be mentioned. Gone are the days of the roll-of-wallpaper backgrounds dropping from the ceiling behind the actors to set the scene on stage. River Bride perfected the use of projections on a white curtain, curved in a convex semicircle, so as a fishing boat drifted down the Amazon, the night sky floated with it. The minimalistic, yet functional stage gave the impression of simple, practical living, leaving ample room on the stage and in one’s mind for the unfolding drama."

http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/the-new-classic-romance-osfs-river-bride-tells-a-story-we-can-relate-to-and-learn-from/

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Google Facial Recognition on a Jan Van Eyck painting by Mark Holthusen

 I google image searched the faces in a Jan Van Eyck Painting and replaced the faces with the  search results.  This is who Google thought was in this painting:  John Mcain, Honey Booboo, Anne Coutler, Dick Cheney, and Momar Quadafi.   Go figure.   1- cut faces from old painting 2- google image search faces 3- replace faces with Google results. 

 I google image searched the faces in a Jan Van Eyck Painting and replaced the faces with the  search results.  This is who Google thought was in this painting:  John Mcain, Honey Booboo, Anne Coutler, Dick Cheney, and Momar Quadafi.   Go figure.  

1- cut faces from old painting

2- google image search faces

3- replace faces with Google results. 

amazon River Dolphins are Men in June by Mark Holthusen

THE RIVER BRIDE: A SECRET THE RIVER WON’T GIVE UP 

Helena is dreading her sister’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. In this world premiere, Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of love, grudges, transformation . . . and the ever-present river, giving and taking away.

LULU : A Murder Ballad, The London Reviews are in... by Mark Holthusen

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"by some arresting projected visuals and the ingenious use of gauze. This creates a shadowy hinterland in which a silent dancer (Laura Caldow) flits like a bird in a cage, reinforcing the point that no matter where Lulu winds up, escape – from the clutches of predatory men and her own destiny – is impossible."           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/10628858/The-Tiger-Lillies-Lulu-Warwick-Arts-Centre-review.html


" director-designer Mark Holthusen's dazzling virtual sets. Computer visualisation doesn't get better than this: layer upon layer of projected environments shuffle and morph, and even the proscenium arch is a screen. One minute it's naturalistic, the next it hallucinates."
So what can audiences expect?
"   http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/lulu-a-murder-ballad-royal-opera-house_39200.html

"Lulu – a Murder Ballad provides an evening of blackly comic entertainment that ridicules the socially powerful and draws humour from the grotesque. The audience is implicated in a world that gives space for competing voices, opinions and attitudes – a world that questions our attitudes to art, culture and social rules."


"As the description “ballad” suggests, this telling doesn’t need to be dramatised. Nevertheless, it is staged; instead of a set, director Mark Holthusen provides projected images which tend to prettify the narrative, while Lulu, a silent role, is danced gracefully but with little definition by Laura Caldow. As ever, Lulu remains an enigma. "http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/music/lulu-a-murder-ballad-opera-review-sins-of-the-father-a3121651.html