The film captures the “backstage drama that constitutes a saga in its own right. The production nearly didn’t get off the ground when the composer’s great-granddaughter, stage director and Bayreuth Festival co-intendant Katharina Wagner, abruptly withdrew. [...] The 93-minute film includes everything from her altercations at the theatre, as filmed from a smart phone, to the work process of composer and arranger Cord Garben.
The heroine of the documentary turns out to be the director Valentina Carrasco, who jumped in with just four weeks’ notice. Left with no choice but to build upon a stark, revolving set originally designed for Katharina Wagner, the Argentinian native, a long-time collaborator with the Spanish theatre group La Fura del Baus, chose to make chaos her friend rather than her enemy.”
Review by Rebbecca Schmid / Grammophone
The Colón Ring
- The 7-Hour Version of »The Ring of the Nibelung«