- Simon Abkarian
- Performed by
- Simon Abkarian, Maral Abkarian, Chouchane Agoudjian, Anaïs Ancel, Maud Brethenoux, Laurent Clauwaert, Victor Fradet, Aurore Frémont, Christina Galstian Agoudjian, Rafaela Jirkovsky, Nathalie Le Boucher, Eliot Maurel, Olivier Mansard, Nedjma Merahi, Manon Pélissier, Annie Rumani, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Suzana Thomaz, Frédérique Voruz et les musiciens Howlin’jaws (Djivan Abkarian, Lucas Humbert, Baptiste Léon)
Premiered in 2019 at the Théâtre du Soleil, this is a contemporary vision of the Electra myth that takes us deep into the underworld. A world in which music, song and dance uphold the tradition of a profoundly popular form of theatre.
Of course, Simon Abkarian could have staged the words of Aeschylus, Euripides or Sophocles, ancient authors who wrote masterpieces based on the myth of Electra. But instead, he has preferred to rewrite this story of family revenge to turn it into a carnal and lavish modern-day fable.
An upside-down fable, which, contrary to the reassuring tales of our childhood, is not at all a case of all’s well that ends well. The play is set in poorest district of Argos. Slaves, waitresses and prostitutes are celebrating the feast of the dead. The best musicians are there, with rock and blues providing a backdrop for the festivities. Dancing continues when talking stops, creating a real party atmosphere. This is a colourful, theatrical party, where men play women and women play men. A party that closes like a trap on Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, because through prayer, Electra has brought Orestes back. This hitherto exiled brother will fulfil his destiny, leading to tragedy.