Vienna’s biggest stages have myriad secrets the audience never gets
It’s remarkable how daunting, yet fascinating, a few old, chipped wooden boards dangerously inclined toward the audience can be. Crisscrossed with a mosaic of colored tape that indicates positions for props, actors and dancers, it’s baffling for the uninitiated but an open book for the performer who learned its every dip and imperfection during rehearsals.
Nevertheless, it’s a magical, transformative space for everyone. It can look totally different in the morning without that long curtain hanging from the seemingly infinite ceiling, crowded with workers assembling sets. Everything is dusty, noisy, confused. Then evening arrives, the elegant red velvet curtain is closed and the audience is seated, waiting…