Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wicked Witches

More shows. Good (Scottish Dance Theatre’s Second Coming) and bad (Traverse Theatre’s I’m with the Band), plus numerous meetings and a dinner with Wong Shi Kit of Himalayas Art Museum. Also found time to see Tricia’s Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art. Interesting show. Lots of engravings from antiquarian books, paintings by Goya, William Blake, depictions from Macbeth, even a Cindy Sherman in which she gets in character, pointy nose, warts & all. The European witchhunts of the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries resulted in thousands of deaths (possibly as many as 100,000). Not featured is one of my favourite Monty Python sketches in which a wise Terry Jones intervenes in a witch lynch declaring that her guilt or innocence should be determined by weighing her and a goose. If they weighed the same then she was guilty. They weighed the same. "It's a fair cop", she said.

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