When originality takes flight
For centuries there have been trends in showbiz, there is however a danger to it. People or shows who dedicate themselves to a genre or a style are outplayed by the big producers as if they were grasshoppers grazing on a field and leave it ruined for the next decades.
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
In 2011 I witnessed Iñaki Fernandez produce a new show “The Hole”. This show is a modern and inventive interpretation of burlesque and variety. The idea by Paco León was so new that it was not only good for its intended market in Spain but also an international success. Iñaki only succeeded because he dedicated himself to produce something new that would serve a market that just began to rise after the movie “Burlesque (2010)”.
The Hole ran from Spain to Mexico, Argentina, France, Italy and soon in Germany. With over a million visitors it is safe to say that they created a hit.
At the same time there are producers who systematically make use of genre inspired shows within the same discipline. Is it because they have no guts to differentiate themselves from other shows or because they simply have no capable creative team around them?