Julie Taymor Breaks Silence on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark


I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of hearing about Turn Off the Dark. However, I thought I would share this story, just in case there’s anyone out there who still gives a damn.

According to The New York Times, Julia Taymor has broken the silence, and spoken  out for the first time about her disaster-plagued, and much delayed Spider-Man Musical -  Turn off the Dark, which is set to open on March 15th.

Taymor’s remarks were made on Wednesday, when she spoke in front of a packed audience at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach, California.

Taymor said that she was currently “in the crucible and the fire of transformation”, as she and her collaborators continue to work on improving the show.

“Anyone who creates knows — when it’s not quite there,” Toymor said. “Where it hasn’t quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there.”

She then compared her Spider-Man experience to a trip she took eight years ago to Indonesia when her friend disappeared as they were scaling the side of twin volcanoes. “I am on the precipice looking down into a dead volcano on my left, on the right it is sheer shale,” she recalled. “I am in thongs and sarong and no hiking boots. I realize I can’t go back the way I have come. I can’t. So I throw away my camera. I throw away thongs and I look at the line straight in front of me. And I got down on all fours like a cat. And I held with my knees to either side of this line in front of me — 30 yards or 30 feet, I don’t know. The wind was massively blowing and the only way I could get to the either side was to look at the line straight in front of me.

“I know you have been there,” she went on. “I am in the crucible right now. It is my trial by fire. It’s my company’s trial by fire.”

She then referenced a song from the musical, “Rise Above,” and how it mirrored her experience working on Spider-Man.

“It’s right there in the palm of my hands,” Taymor said of the musical. “In all of my company’s hands. I have beautiful collaborators. We as collaborators only get there all together. I know you understand that. You stay there going forward and you see this extraordinary thing right in front of your eyes.”

Well, that was a bit melodramatic, wasn’t it?!

Head to The New York Times for the full story.

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