As a child of performing arts, the view of an empty theater from behind the “fourth wall” is wildly nostalgic.
Arriving hours before opening to prepare for performance, I silently converse with the sacred space which lives in the absence of a dark red curtain. I see the theater in its polished glory.
I see its restful moments in between shows.
And so too, its occasional center stage nap.
Hamburg-born photographer Klaus Frahm created a series of images featuring European theaters captured from behind. The collection feels oddly personal to me, like a visual documentation of my relationship with performing. Equally insightful is Frahm’s philosophy regarding the art of photography as “revealing something laying under the surface”, a concept beautifully manifested in his work.
Though as diverse as the countries they inhabit, there’s a strange sense of continuity in a venue specifically intended for the sharing of performance art. I find looking out at a theater from the perspective of the performer always provides a sense of home, whether that stage be in Rhode Island or Russia.
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