By Emily Quinn
25 Aug 2005
The performers in a Neuköllner Opera House production of Saint-Saëns’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 fiancée.
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.