Critical Writing Index

John Greyson opera Fig Trees tackles AIDS activism

by CBC

CBC News, 2009

This is a review of filmmaker and activist John Greyson’s new video opera, Fig Trees, which tackles what he sees as an “epidemic of complacency” within AIDS activism. Narrated by a singing albino squirrel, he uses the opera form to criticize its high culture status and attempt to make the medium socially conscious as in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts.

ITEM 2009.044 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Fig TreesJohn Greyson

Zero PatienceJohn Greyson

Four Saints in Three ActsGertrude Stein, Virgil Thompson