Friday, April 24, 2009
Don Quixote: The Parliament of Death
Signor Quixote encounters a troupe of actors, set to stage a play called "The Parliament of Death." The actors portray Death, Love, a Demon, an Angel, and the Devil himself. When the figure of Death removes his skull-mask, a second skull is visible behind it. Don Quixote declares his passion for theater, "Since I was a boy I have loved mask-shows, and in my youth I have been ravished with stage-plays." All of Quixote is theater, a hall of mirrors where illusion and reality collide and often switch places.