See those human-shaped figures up there? Those are people, standing on a massive book, dwarfed by a huge crown, performing in the shadow of a gigantic skeleton.
This is just one of the floating theatrical stages from the annual Bregenz Festival in Austria, and the crazy is only getting started.
The Bregenz Festival started all the way back in 1946, and in a grand fashion: the troupe put on a performance of Bastien et Bastienne (the last image below) on Austria's Lake Constance. The stage, just like the others you'll see in the gallery below, was floated out atop a barge, and there was another barge used as the orchestra pit.
The waterside spectacle continues to this day, and the stages constructed — for the likes of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca (below, first) and Giuseppe Verdi's A Masked Ball (above) — have only gotten more elaborate. See 14 of the craziest ones down in the gallery.
So, who's booking a flight to Austria?
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