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Waiting for Orestes: Electra

Suzuki Company of Toga

In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which all of humanity is irredeemably trapped.

Electra’s father is murdered by her mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, leaving Electra hysterical with grief – and with an obsessional desire for revenge, as she is made a prisoner in her mother’s house. Her only hope is that her exiled brother Orestes will return and make her dark fantasy of murdering her mother come true.

In Suzuki’s staging of the Greek myth, the characters’ interior world is deepened by setting the tragedy in a psychiatric hospital, one in which all of humanity is irredeemably trapped. 

One of the most enduringly influential directors and theatre makers alive, Tadashi Suzuki is also renowned for his writings and the Suzuki Acting Method. Here he combines Euripides’s terrifying perception of human frailty with the operatic force of Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss’s librettist.

Language
Performed in Japanese and Korean with English supertitles

Suzuki Company of Toga


Tadashi Suzuki Director and designer

Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Euripides Text

Midori Takada Composer and musician

Orie Horiuchi Costume designer

Takako Tomura Painter

11 August 2012

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available in the spring.