Tuesday, October 23, 2007

VT Gunman Seung-Hui Cho Used to Advertise Flemish Opera

It could be termed strange, eclectic, thoughtless or perhaps even in poor taste --- The Vlaamse Opera (The Flemish Opera) is advertising its new production of "Siegfried" with a poster which includes a photo of a threatening Seung-Hui Cho. Cho is the man who murdered 32 of his fellow students at Virginia Tech University in a rampage in April of this year.

That image is also on their website, and is posted above. The site can be viewed in either Dutch or English.

I'm totally at a loss as to why they did this, as even trolling their site I couldn't get a clue. There is, I'm sure, an esoteric reason for it. The summary of the production says:
The third part of Ivo van Hove's version of Wagner's Ring cycle will, once again, be a both intriguing and moving present-day interpretation of the work.
I did notice, however, that tickets appear to still be available for all showings.

1 comment:

Laurie said...

Yah ummmmm. I have no idea as to why they would that picture up on their website. Do you suppose they just have no idea? I think it is a bit tactless.