STEPHANIE MISA

"The Sound of Music", a musical film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews, traces the Von Trapp family’s sojourn from Austria and eventually to the United States. The film-musical was so successful that it unwittingly shaped much of Austria's outside image. Thousands of tourists visit Salzburg ever season, to participate in the specially tailored "Sound of Music Tour" that hops around the movie's famous sights.

The work entitled Schnitzel with Noodles takes directly from the film. The work is a performance with two singers, both from a local dinner show at the Stern Braü, Salzburg. The performance consists of the singers performing songs from the "The Sound of Music" and dressed in "Trachtenmode" (traditional Austrian clothing) set during the drop-off times of the tour buses for the Sound of Music Tour.

The performance is set in front of Schloss Leopoldskron, the Von Trapp family home in the film, and a much celebrated highlight on the Tour.

The performance looks to upend the Austrian stereotype by confronting tourists with a contrived and clearly constructed image of Austria. Schnitzel with Noodles was part of the Salzburger Kunstverein "No Sound of Music" Program for Lange Nacht der Museen, 2009.

View the performance here.

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