Parlando: The COC Blog

10/20/2010

Yoshi Oida in Conversation with Alexander Neef

Death in Venice has opened to unanimous critical acclaim (Toronto Star review, Globe and Mail review, Eye Weekly review, Toronto Sun review) and much of the praise singles out director Yoshi Oida:

"Japanese stage director Yoshi Oida was able to help the actors subtly and imaginatively create the sultry Venetian environment" - Ken Winters, Globe and Mail
"What makes this presentation really stand out is the exquisite staging by Japanese director, actor and writer Yoshi Oida. Although the set is little more than a series of boardwalks, it would be wrong to call it minimalist. Oida has shaped every last, tiny detail of the story so that all we see, hear and feel works together toward a focused dramatic message." - John Terauds, Toronto Star

"And while much of the credit . . . must indeed go to Britten, who was clearly working at the top of his form despite his failing health, it must be shared with director Oida, a true master of the unobtrusive." - John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

During the final week of rehearsals at a dinner for COC supporters, Oida spoke with our General Director, Alexander Neef, about his approach to the production. If you didn't get a chance to attend the dinner, don't despair, for we have the full audio interview available on our Podcasts page. Here's a video clip to whet your appetite:

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001