Envisioned as a genuine satiric history of the hippy generation and the end of the psychedelic era, the opera's tragi-comic narrative is the reductio ad absurdum of the hippies "generational politics" contained in the 1960s youth slogan: "Don't trust anyone over thirty." Seen from hindsight thirty-five years later through the eyes of the 1960's youngsters now grown old, the effect is one of bitter reflection over time, whereby we witness a hip generation's indictment of their own shallow seduction by the cult of youth and the fascistic tendencies that can overwhelm even the most idealistic movement left unchecked. Even more pertinent today, Don't Trust Anyone over Thirty mirrors the disillusionment of a generation who must today grapple with their failure to stop the growth of an extreme political and economic conservatism that today wages onslaught against the liberal ideals for which they so ardently fought from the 1960s on.
Conceived by: Dan Graham; Visual Conception and Videos by: Tony Oursler; Installation, and Set Design: Laurent P. Berger; Live Band, Live Music: Japanther (Matt Reilly & Ian Vanek); Recorded Music: Rodney Graham; Script Adaptation: Dan Graham, Tony Oursler, Teresa Seeman and Sandra Antelo-Suarez; Script Editor: G. Roger Denson; Marionettes: Philip Huber from Huber Marionettes and Company; Pupeteers: Michael Carolan, Sarah Frechette, Daniel Luce, Kenneth Berman; Executive Producer: Miguel Antonio Roca; Production Manager: Valentin Essrich; Stage Manager: Matt Tierney; Sound Designer: Bruce Odland; Light Design / Video Operator: Urs Schönebaum; Props Designer: Eugene Tsai; Costume Design: Carlos Soto; Photography: Todd Eberle; Marionette Drawings: Marie-Paule Macdonald; Puppet Costume Design: Sandra Antelo-Suarez, Claire Pauley and Dan Graham; Puppet Costume maker: Sarah Frechette; Theme Song "Don't Trust Anyone over Thirty" by Rodney Graham.
Commissioner & Producer: TRANS>
Curator / Artistic Director: Sandra Antelo-Suarez
Co-producers: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Foundation 2021, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Voom/LAB, New York.
PUBLICATION: Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty
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DURATION: June 3 - June 6, 2005
LOCATION: Don't Trust Anyone over Thirty made its world premiere during the Art Basel Miami Beach Art Fair
in December 2004, and was presented in Vienna
(Wiener Festwochen, June 3-6, 2005), Berlin
(Magazin der Staatsoper Unter den Linden, June 10-14, 2005), and Minneapolis (Walker Art Center, January 5-7, 2006).