Electra in the Underworld

  • Theater
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.

Running time
2 : 30
Main auditorium

from 7 to 40 €




Drama – Pierre Ziadé / Artistic collaboration – Arman Saribeykyan / Light designer – Jean-Michel Bauer and Geoffroy Adragna / Sound – Ronan Mansard / Accessoiries, construction – Philippe Jasko / Photographs – Antoine Agoudjian

Production: Compagnie des 5 Roues
Coproduction: Théâtre national de Nice – Centre dramatique national Nice Côte d’Azur

Le Théâtre du Soleil supports La Compagnie des 5 Roues.
Électre des bas-fonds [Electra in the Underworld] is published by Éditions Actes Sud-Papiers.

Premiered on 25 Sept. 2019 at Le Théâtre du Soleil, Paris

“Ballet de prostituées troyennes, groupe de rock : le metteur en scène réécrit le mythe d’Électre dans une mélopée multimédia cathartique”. Libération

“Simon Abkarian propose sa version d’Électre, une tragédie de chair et de sang d’une grande puissance dramatique. Avec de la musique, de la danse et des chants”. La Terrasse

“Un grand travail, heureux et enthousiasmant, un grand spectacle fédérateur et exigeant. À partager dans la joie”. Le Journal d’Armelle Héliot

“Un spectacle total plein de souffle et d’émotions, qui unit les corps et les lumières dans une danse rythmée par la musique rock.” Rfi

“Une fresque épique enlevée, aux accents lyriques.” France culture

“Audience warmup” Saturday, 6 March

After the show talk on Wednesday, 10 March