The clash of King Pentheus and Dionysus in Euripides’ extraordinary Bacchae takes the Onassis Cultural Centre’s stage in a new performance directed by Aris Mpiniaris, who sees in the play a raging ode to the split human psyche, logic and instinct.
A fan of on-stage interaction between music and drama and a dedicated scholar of ancient tragedy, the director dares couple the subversive power of rock to the violent tragedy of the Bacchae in a production which sets out to work all our senses up into a frenzy.
In an arid, seismic landscape, a band of select performers—accompanied by two musicians—are invited to reflect through music and theatre on the relationship between freedom and dogma, isolation and creativity.
Mpiniaris finds in Bacchae a call for societies to move on, noting how “Pentheus ends up being ripped limb from limb because of his avowed and continued defiance of the god. Still, at the same time, the Dionysian life-giving, life-bearing force, the innate power of the nature of things, is never simply going to retire into the background. It is how we, as a society, choose to align ourselves with this life force that will determine our ultimate convergence or inevitable demise.”
The performance features music by Victor Kouloumpis and Panos Sardelis, and an ensemble cast including Giorgos Gallos, Anna Kalaitzidou, Karyofyllia Karabeti, Christos Loulis, Amalia Bennett, Aris Biniaris, Evi Saoulidou, Konstantinos Sevdalis, Onisiforos Onisiforou, and Charis Charalambous.
On March 23, a discussion will follow the performance.
Where: Onassis Cultural Centre, Centre Stage
When: March 21– April 1, 8:30pm
Admission: €5-24 (concessions apply)
For more information, visit the performance’s website.