German Opera Includes Pot-Smoking by Both Performers and Audience

Classic Arts News   German Opera Includes Pot-Smoking by Both Performers and Audience
 
The performers in a Neuk‹llner Opera House production of Saint-SaêŠns's Princesse Jaune smoke pot onstage, the news agency Ananova reports.

Audience members are encouraged to smoke their own marijuana during the performance.

The opera tells the story of a man in love with a portrait of a Japanese princess. Under the sway of a hallucinogenic potion, he confuses the portrait with his own fianc_e.

Bernhard Glocksin, the company's artistic director, said that the opera experience would be "improved with a few joints."

The opera house asserts that artistic license will protect it from drug laws. "It's a test to see just what we can get away with," Glocksin said.


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