Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.
La Boheme – Teatro Alla Scala in Milan
Address: Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
So, we didn’t just do food tours and book hunting expeditions while in Milan. My daughter and I are theatre geeks. When I found out that La Boheme was playing at the Teatro Alla Scala at the same time that we were there last year, it was a no-brainer for me. We bought tickets even while we were still in Munich.
My daughter is also a huge fan of RENT (The Musical), and we are aware that Rent is essentially fashioned from La Boheme, so to say that we were excited is an understatement.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
― William Shakespeare,
“Humans had built a world inside the world, which reflected it in pretty much the same way as a drop of water reflected the landscape. And yet … and yet … Inside this little world they had taken pains to put all the things you might think they would want to escape from — hatred, fear, tyranny, and so forth. Death was intrigued. They thought they wanted to be taken out of themselves, and every art humans dreamt up took them further in. He was fascinated.”
― Terry Pratchett,
So, we were not able to get very good seats, which would explain the girl’s face. But that will not stop us from enjoying ourselves.
“We were like two performers in a play, but we were divided, we were not acting with one another. We had to endure it alone, we had to put up this show, this miserable, sham performance for the sake of all these people I did not know and did not want to see again.”
― Daphne du Maurier,
“I long for the simplicity of theatre. I want lessons learned, comeuppances delivered, people sorted out, all before your bladder gets distractingly full. That’s what I want. What I knowis what we all know, whether we’ll admit it or not: every attempt to impose the roundness of a well-made play on reality produces a disaster. Life just isn’t so, nor will it be made so.”
― John M. Ford,
“A large part of our excessive, unnecessary manifestations come from a terror that if we are not somehow signaling all the time that we exist, we will in fact no longer be there”
― Peter Brook,
“Dostoyevsky knew a lot but not everything. He, for instance, thought that if you kill a human you’ll turn into Raskolnikov. But we know now that one can kill five – ten, one hundred people – and go to the theatre in the evening.”
― Anna Akhmatova