The Ship of Fools
DVD plus audio CD with 10 tracks. Story: Sebastian Brant's medieval novel The Ship Of Fools (1458) has been an inspiration for numerous seafaring artists throughout the centuries. The image of a ship filled with fools, seafaring through the oceans of life
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"The medieval novel "The Ship of Fools" (originally by published in 1494, Sebastian Brant) has been an inspiration for numerous artists throughout the centuries. The image of a ship filled with fools seafaring through the oceans of life appealed to Danielle de Piccotto and Alexander Hacke, inspiring them to compose a show based on fools described in the book. Deep bass lines, scraping metal, melancholic autoharps, violent guitar riffs, bizarre sound recordings, entwined with Hacke's singing and Danielle's lyrics.."
This package contains a filmed documentary of the show and with clips of the show (the DVD is a video, not DVD-audio) shot in Berlin though it is perhaps more a muse on the writings and themes of Brant's ancient Ship of Fools, than simply a video of the performance. I would have liked to have the option of simply seeing the entire performance without interspered commentary, though perhaps the commentary lends some sense of direction to the variety of poetry, visuals and music involved. Still, I can't help thinking that the commentary lends too much of a sane edge to a performance that claims to be exploring themes of madness, the insanity of the fool, the folly of the damned. But maybe they wanted to lighten it up a bit.
In addition to the DVD, this package contains a CD of music from the show and comes housed in a digipak case. Perhaps it would be better to call this a music package with the DVD showing how the songs originated.