*AGGRESSIVELY THROWS BLOOD RED GLITTER IN YOUR FACE*
“SEASON TWO BITCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES”
*RUNS TRIUMPHANTLY BACK OUT INTO THE NIGHT*
*RUNS BACK IN*
*THROWS UP BLOOD ALL OVER THE PLACE*
HANNIBAL IS A LITTLE SHIT
*CRAWLS, SOBBING, BACK INTO THE NIGHT*
*RUNS BACK IN*
ON SECOND THOUGHT
*CRAWLS UNDER YOUR BED*
So there is this thing called a “trigger,” I guess, and OH WAIT I UNDERSTAND NOW. “Buffet Froid” was super uncomfortable for me to watch, not because of the gore or the scares, but because of basically everything that was not the gore or the scares. That includes what I’m going to talk about here— the show’s intense examination and (I argue) problematization of mental illness— which I guess just goes to show that you can find something very uncomfortable and yet positive and interesting.
- Cate Blanchett: I do think, though, that as a species we have been bleaching out our passion. The situation of existing in extremes—and I don't mean violent, dangerous extremes, but rather extremes of thought or living with contradictions—is kind of considered increasingly abhorrent and antisocial. I think that's why good theaters are really important. They allow you to exist in a space with other people and deal with these things, and not in a passive way. You see people sweat. You see them breathe. They can offend and hopefully terrify you, and on a good night, you'll laugh, and you'll cry. And if it's bad, you feel so cheated and so angry because you've been there and you've been actively participating in that fantasy that's been unfolding. But if you go to a bad film, it's just like, "Oh, that wasn't so great," because you're not implicated in it. You don't have to buy into it. Theater is a space where you cross over from everyday life, because there are real people in that moment moving in front of you—you're being invited to believe in a story and cross that bridge. When you go to a concert—or, I would imagine, perform in one—it's really all-consuming. Obviously, you're intellectually engaged somehow. But it bypasses that and goes straight to the body. I think rock stars and dancers, and physical actors as well, exist in that space because those boundaries are somehow broken down between what we think and what we feel.
- Jack White: The thing I love about live performance the most, though, is that the doors are closed, the lights are turned down, and the audience has to be reverential to what's happening onstage. It's not like being at home where you can change channels, fast-forward, turn it off, put the book down, or walk away. It's this phenomenon where we all, as a community, go to church and sit and experience this thing together.