- Howard Barker
- Claudia Stavisky
- Jean-Michel Déprats (© éditions Théâtrales, 2001)
- Performed by
- David Ayala, Éric Caruso, Christiane Cohendy, Anne Comte, Luc-Antoine Diquéro, Sava Lolov, Philippe Magnan, Julie Recoing, Richard Sammut et la voix de Didier Sandre de la Comédie-Française
In Renaissance Venice, Galactia, a strong-minded woman and talented painter, is commissioned to paint a work to commemorate the Battle of Lepanto. However, she chooses not to depict an apology for the battle, opting instead to illustrate the true nature of war and its litany of dead and tortured bodies. Raw, cruel and lucid, Scenes from an Execution relates the destiny of a highly-determined woman, played here by Christiane Cohendy in an unrestrained and powerful performance. Using the poetic, lively and biting language of Howard Barker, Claudia Stavisky continues her exploration of the tensions between the intimate and the political and the relationship between painting a work of art and the death of the creative experience at the hands of those who commissioned the piece. As is to be expected, Barker was never going to conclude this confrontation with a comforting moral message, preferring as he does to offer a refreshingly bitter and cynical verdict on the nature of art and politics.