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Germany, Hanover. The choreographer attacked the critic with dog feces

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The chief choreographer of the Hannover State Opera threw dog feces at a critic after she gave a negative review of his latest production. The case was reported to the police. The newspaper that published the text said it was not merely a physical attack, but “an attempt to intimidate a free, critical view of art.”

Wiebke Huster, an art critic for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), was present at Saturday’s premiere of the ballet Glaube-Liebe-Hoffnung (Faith-Love-Hope) at the Hannover Opera. During the intermission, Marco Goecke, one of the show’s choreographers, confronted the woman in the opera’s crowded foyer, then threw dog feces in her face.

“FAZ” reported that Goecke, who is the chief choreographer of the Hannover State Opera, threatened to ban Huster from the opera house before removing the bag filled with feces.

The incident came after Huster’s negative review of the new show In the Dutch Mountains. The text was published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” on Saturday. Among other things, Huster wrote that watching a play recently staged in The Hague was like “being alternately driven mad and killed by boredom.”

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The Hannover State Opera on Monday apologized for the incident and said Goecke had been suspended with immediate effect. He was also barred from entering the facility.

“This is not only about the future of Marco Goecke, but also about the future of the more than thirty-strong ballet company,” the statement said. “Management has a responsibility to care for each member of the team,” it said.

“FAZ” reported that a police investigation had been launched. “This humiliating incident is not only an act of bodily harm, but also an attempt to intimidate a free, critical view of art,” the paper said.

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