GREENAWAY GUIDE BY UWE HEMMEN
Upon request of Saskia Boddeke, supported by Peter Greenaway, the GUIDE has been closed on February 3rd, 2006
On January 31 Saskia Boddeke asked me to correct the credits for 4 of the operas she had done with Peter Greenaway. All her requested changes differ from the official publications so I checked them with the opera houses. 2 changes were made until February 2, one was still unanswered, and one became the crucial problem: for Christopher Columbus she wanted to be credited as the only director, while Peter Greenaway should be credited as dramaturge. The official credits from the Staatsoper in Berlin list her and Greenaway for directing and Manfred Haedler as
dramaturge. The Staatsoper confirmed these credits on February 2, explaining that they have been written with the directors and Manfred Haedler was the responsible dramaturge of the opera. So I proposed to her on the same day to give Peter Greenaway the credit for visual concept (a credit he received for Rosa as well) provided that he agrees. Instead on February 3 she claims that they had never met a Mister Haedler in Berlin and he argues that no information is preferable to misinformation, and thus they both request that all references to their common work should be removed from the GUIDE immediately.
Though I do not agree at all, and though I could have deleted and reedited all files to remove this part of Greenaway's art, and though I could wait for another dispute over a credit or remove all credits, etc. etc. it just doesn't make sense for me to spend any more time and effort to promote those great artists if they don't want to. I hope someone else fills the gap. They deserve it.
I did this for 11 years. I had fun. I learned a lot. I met interesting people. Now lets do sth new.
Update February 9, 2006
I regret to inform you that in protest against Ms. Boddeke's action against this website the Yahoo group dedicated to Peter Greenaway has been deleted too. This includes the mailinglist and the website as well. The site has been online since 2001 and thanks to the mailinglist with over 400 members very fast became the successor of Bruno Bollart's meeting place. We wish Wayney good luck for the future !
Update July 3, 2009
The Greenaway Forums have been closed as well. I thank all contributors und visitors for their time and work. But interest in Greenaway's work diminished rapidly over the past years. Everything ends someday.