18.01.24 27.01.24

Elektra Unbound Luanda Casella / NTGent

TICKETS

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With Elektra Unbound, NTGent house artist Luanda Casella stages yet another Greek tragedy. Or so we are made to believe. Hunting the part of Elektra, three young auditioners copy women from literary classics, pop culture and social media. Only to reveal their own problematic sense of self.
practical

tickets

15-26 euros

general info

✔ ENG spoken
✔ DUTCH surtitled
✔ Elektra Unbound  is part of the Queer & Now, Young & New  and The Greeks  subscriptions.
✔ NTGent's Public Outreach provides introductions on 17/01 (19h15), 20/01 (19h15, introduction XL), 21/01 (at 14h15) and on 25/01-27/01 each starting at 19h15.

Guided by ideas of fame and success, and other full-blown delusions, three auditioners go to a mad extent to get the part of Elektra. In ancient Greek tragedy, Elektra is a girl who wants. She wants to avenge her father’s death and everyone will hear her suffering. Sobbing and cursing, cursing and sobbing: Elektra hardly does anything else. She never leaves the doorway.

Similarly, the three auditioners are trapped in a sensational montage of interviews and improvs. As they interpret iconic scenes from The Oresteia, the full trilogy about Elektra and her dysfunctional family, they start to reveal their disastrous own lives.

"Irreverent, awfully intelligent, and horrifically funny"
etcetera

Late-bloomer director Lua and her fierce assistant Lucius, who have a troublesome relationship, never arrive at the point of actually staging ElektraIs their inability the result of the complex relation we all have with tragedy, or is there more at play? Why is Lua frantically running away? And why do we get the feeling that these auditioners are all deranged?

Inspired by melodrama and social media, Elektra Unbound  switches scenes as if the audience would swipe screens. Anything to keep the discomfort on stage easily digestible.

"RIGHT THROUGH THE FAKE DRAMA DRILLS THE ECHO OF 2,500 YEARS OF LIVED, AUTHENTIC SUFFERING"
De Morgen ****
credits

with

Abigail Gypens, Bavo Buys, Emma Van Ammel, Luanda Casella, Lucius Romeo-Fromm

text

Luanda Casella

translation & surtitles

Werkhuis

direction

Luanda Casella

dramaturgy

Joline Vermeulen

music composition

Pablo Casella

video design

Pablo Casella

light design

Dennis Diels

set design

Shizuka Hariu

costume design

Jo De Visscher

acting coaching

Jan Steen

choreography & movement coaching

Lucius Romeo-Fromm

production

NTGent

coproduction

DE SINGEL, HAU Hebbel am Ufer
TOON MEER
TOON MINDER
credits

with

Abigail Gypens , Bavo Buys , Emma Van Ammel , Luanda Casella , Lucius Romeo-Fromm

text

Luanda Casella

translation & surtitles

Werkhuis

direction

Luanda Casella

dramaturgy

Joline Vermeulen

music composition

Pablo Casella

video design

Pablo Casella

light design

Dennis Diels

set design

Shizuka Hariu

costume design

Jo De Visscher

acting coaching

Jan Steen

choreography & movement coaching

Lucius Romeo-Fromm

production

NTGent

coproduction

DE SINGEL, HAU Hebbel am Ufer

ON TOUR

Wednesday 27 March 2024
20u00
Brussel (KVS Bol)
Thursday 28 March 2024
20u00
Brussel (KVS Bol)

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