19. August 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Links

Sometimes we might seem like wimps, and perhaps we are, but I like our contracts, and I like the fact that I don’t have to wear adult diapers, too. Yes. That what some of the Olympic performer donned while rehearsing. After all, breaks are for wimps.

I read it here.

So will that make some people view the opening ceremonies differently, I wonder? (I didn’t see them, as I was busy watching the Giants lose.)

He told the popular Guangzhou weekly newspaper Southern Weekend that only communist North Korea could have done a better job getting thousands of performers to move in perfect unison.

“North Korea is No. 1 in the world when it comes to uniformity. They are uniform beyond belief! These kind of traditional synchronized movements result in a sense of beauty. We Chinese are able to achieve this as well. Though hard training and strict discipline,” he said. Pyongyang’s annual mass games feature 100,000 people moving in lockstep.

Performers in the West by contrast need frequent breaks and cannot withstand criticism, Zhang said, citing his experience working on an opera performance abroad. Though he didn’t mention specific productions, Zhang directed an opera at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2006.

“In one week, we could only work four and a half days, we had to have coffee breaks twice a day, couldn’t go into overtime and just a little discomfort was not allowed because of human rights,” he said of the unidentified opera production.

Right-o. Human rights are just an awful thing, aren’t they?

1 Comment

  1. Let’s review… 51 hour rehearsal with 2 meals. Hm…

    Let’s imagine this. Being stuck under a 40 pound box for 6 hours, and being expected to crap in your pants while wearing an adult diaper. HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…….

    Damn those unions!