A bleak wind chord of E flat minor opens Gterd舂merung and establishes the dominant atmosphere of the piece from its first bar: twilight, a deceptive half-light, prevails. Shadowy figures stumble towards the abyss. The last evening of the Ring is one of plotting and betrayal, of ominous oaths, a chilling lust for power, abuse and humiliation � and, also, of a superbly staged apocalypse, when the beings and things destined for destruction shine brightly for one last time. This production is presented on its own terms, ignoring the wider myth-bound associations, concentrating on the immediate motivations, emotions and obsessions of the characters. Here. the director has dispensed with all the paraphernalia of the gods awaiting nightfall in their imposing hall, and sets the action on the simple wooden stage of a touring theatre company. The characters are uncommonly lifelike here, solid yet at the same time shimmering with vibrant colour as horror and comedy jostle each other.
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