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Theatre at last

By bliba  
Life is returning to the stages - also in Vienna. The capital has changed over the Corona months.,the silent city seemed eerie, like a leftover film set from "The Third Man".

Sometimes you only miss something when it is no longer accessible. That's how it was for me with Vienna.
A fortnight ago I was finally back in Vienna, and it was almost more beautiful than I remembered. On the one hand, this could be because what you had to do without for a while seems more valuable. On the other hand, it was probably because Vienna was at most half as crowded as usual in winter.
We strolled through the impressive parcours, over the Heldenplatz, through the Volksgarten to the artist's entrance of the Burgtheater.

Both the Hofburg and the Burgtheater stand out from a time when Austria was still ruled by an emperor and the Spanish flu soon took away more people than Covid-19 will. Because today people are just wiser -.

The last time I went to the Burgtheater was in 2019. I only realised how much I missed it , as I walked into the aisles of the Burgtheater, where I saw smiling eyes behind breathing masks, anticipating the upcoming play .....and when I sat on my assigned seat and saw the stage and the many visitors ...I got goosebumps with joy

When you're really annoyed by the circumstances that life or a virus forces you into, it's always worth thinking about whether other people have it worse. For example, I was able to continue working, got my salary transferred, . In contrast, many actors and actresses, the directors and dramaturges, the make-up artists and stage managers could only watch time passing more and more slowly.

Now, however, not only art but life is returning to the theatres and that is a good thing.


Tags: Photo journalism Stage Stage photography Vienna Stage performance Burgtheater Vienna

Voters: Jmag60, mike9005, woolybill1 and 62 more

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
18 Jan 2022 4:46PM
What a lovely story you've told. So true about there is always someone having harder times than ourselves. Love all the eager heads waiting.
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 4:46PM
Excellent photo as usual, with great use of the light, and your celebration clearly comes from the heart.
But I doubt whether I will ever feel safe or comfortable among so many people again.

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 4:56PM
Terrific atmosphere, sense of involvement, of anticipation.
franken Plus
19 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 4:57PM
Excellent work, Oliver.
A leading scientist recently stated that the virus may be with us for ever, just like influencia.
18 Jan 2022 4:57PM
Lovely shot/message
Fefe Plus
10 74 41 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 4:57PM
Excellent write up, and if we are reading it and looking at your image it means we are still here, and we have to be thankful, no matter how our lives have changed.
Saastad Plus
3 16 17 Norway
18 Jan 2022 4:58PM
Well done!

leo_nid 5 12
18 Jan 2022 4:59PM
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players...

~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It,

p.s. excellent photo and write-up, Oliver
Chinga Plus
11 104 3 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 5:10PM
Delightful to see it... One way to feel that life is returning to normal...
Excellent image Oliver and a great write-up. Isabel GrinGrin
18 Jan 2022 5:12PM
Great image - glad life is getting back to normal for you
SlowSong Plus
14 10.4k 30 England
18 Jan 2022 5:14PM
Amen to that. Smile
ZenTony Plus
6 13 3 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 5:23PM
Wonderful atmospheric image. Great use of light and DOF perfect.
18 Jan 2022 5:24PM
Great shot and story Oliver.SmileSmile
capto Plus
10 7.0k 32 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2022 5:30PM
Very true about only missing what you no longer have, nice to see things improving.Smile
chase Plus
17 2.4k 624 England
18 Jan 2022 5:34PM
Just enough light for me to see your location Oliver.
One more step into 'normality'
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
18 Jan 2022 5:46PM
Good picture: usual Oliver standard. Better text, which is reflective, passionate and humane.
saltireblue Plus
12 13.1k 83 Norway
18 Jan 2022 6:50PM
Loved your write-up, Ollie, and I can only echo Bill's (woolybill) comment.
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
18 Jan 2022 7:28PM
Malc, Bill - I don't think I ever liked big crowds. But I do take the point...
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
18 Jan 2022 8:09PM
Hurrah for the theater!

18 Jan 2022 8:52PM
Light at the end of the tunnel.
richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
18 Jan 2022 10:03PM
Excellent image Oliver
mac Plus
20 14 Scotland
18 Jan 2022 11:41PM
I think we can all echo your notes, Oliver. Do we see an end in sight, or at least a let-up?
A lovely image to go with your comments.
18 Jan 2022 11:48PM
I fell the same . Love theater…we belong to a “subscription” theater here in Philadelphia, and it has started up again….and with my wife being in chemo….she can not go, and I am very hesitant….thinking we will view it via video streaming…a distinct second best…but safer.

A powerful and suggestive photo, Oliver.

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
19 Jan 2022 12:14AM
Your story and the image really did this for me. I can feel the enthusiasm so clearly.
19 Jan 2022 3:19AM
Excellent !!!!!
ColleenA Plus
10 503 8 Australia
19 Jan 2022 8:25AM
Our theatres have closed again in Melbourne….it’s Covid panic stations here
Nikonuser1 Plus
10 172 16 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2022 10:18AM

clicknimagine Plus
12 1.0k 105 India
19 Jan 2022 10:44AM
Nice to hear life is almost normal there, you have captured the ambience perfectly...
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
19 Jan 2022 12:35PM
A fine capture, Ollie, wonderful lighting 👍🏻 A very interesting story you've given us too 😃
Trev 😀
19 Jan 2022 1:11PM
A good idea, Ollie and very well executed.

John Smile
19 Jan 2022 1:23PM
Fantastic …. Oliver …. Maybe now that we can attend Theater again … and less of it will show up in our halls of government and in the streets ….
19 Jan 2022 1:25PM
Forgot to quote Hamlet “The play’s the thing “

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