German Choreographer Smeared Something Gross All Over A Critics Face
A German ballet director did something unspeakable after being offended by a written review of his production.
"When I felt what he had done, I screamed"
Who Was The Director?
Marco Goecke is the ballet director and head choreographer of the Hannover State Opera. Sitting in the theater watching and critiquing one of his dance performances was Wiebke Hüster, the dance critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper.
During the intermission of his show, Goecke approached Hüster in the crowded theater, threatened to ban her from the Hannover opera house, and accused her of being responsible for people canceling season tickets, the publication reported.
Goecke then took out a paper bag filled with a brown smelly substance and smeared it on Hüster's face.
What Was The Substance?
Hüster identified the substance as dog poop and said she had filed a criminal complaint, the German news agency DPA reported.
Why Did He Do That?
Apparently, Goecke was upset about Hüster’s harsh review of his new ballet “In the Dutch Mountains,” which was published in the FAZ on the day of the premiere in Hannover.
Hüster wrote that while she watched the performance she was “alternately driven mad and killed by boredom.”
Here is a quick video of some of the dances Goecke has choreographed.
The Opera House
The Opera House was shocked by the dog feces incident and posted on its website that Hüster’s “personal integrity” was violated “in an unspeakable way.”
The Opera House reached out to Wiebke Hüster immediately after the incident to apologize.
The Opera House noted that Goecke’s “impulsive reaction” violated the ground rules of the theater and that “he caused massive damage to the Hannover State Opera and State Ballet.” As a result, it said, he is being suspended effective immediately and banned from the opera house until further notice.
If Goecke fails to “comprehensively” apologize, and explain himself to theater management then further actions will be initiated.
Hüster’s employer railed against Goecke’s conduct, arguing that it was not only “an act of bodily harm,” but also “an attempt to intimidate our free, critical view of art.”
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