"FIG TREES (The sixth room)"

John Greyson

2001, 06:00 minutes, colour, English


FIG TREES (The sixth room) -- is a short excerpt from a video-opera by John Greyson and David Wall. Four reluctant 'saints' testify in song to a court of the spanish inquisition, admitting their guilt but refusing martyrdom and the ominous halos that await them. Each split-screen also features one of the four methods of execution used on jews, whores and sodomites: the garrot, the sword, drowning or the pyre. A trans-historical interrogation of the seductions and dangers of martyrdom and sodomy, intended as a response to the Gertrude Stein avant-garde opera Four Saints in Three Acts.

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