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Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

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Co-presented with Sundance Film Festival

"One could scarcely imagine a more energizing or enlightening introduction to Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' than Jon Else's documentary. Else's camera and expert editing depict a world that teeters on the brink of chaos." —San Francisco Examiner

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle captures Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle from the union stagehands' point of view. These behind-the-scenes stars lead us through their own version of Wagner's operatic spectacle as they perform astonishing feats of stagecraft, trade off-stage banter, and offer an insider’s perspective on a strange and complex 19th-century operatic tradition.

A Q&A with director Jon Else will follow the screening.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.