Demandolx, the Avant-gardist Nihilist Opera
Torture to Extract a Confession
Gaufridy is strung up by squassation (hung by wrists behind back, weight on feet, lifted and jerked down). Madeleine is hiding in the shadows, mouthing the words as Michaelis states the terms of the confession, Gaufridy is ardently refusing. Finally in the end, Gaufridy, screaming high notes with each jerk of the apparatus. “I confess” at the finality. Scene goes dark.