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Thursday, August 25, 2005

German Opera Includes Pot-Smoking by Both Performers and Audience

PlaybillArts, NY
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.


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