With ‘Elektra Unbound’, NTGent house artist Luanda Casella stages yet another Greek tragedy. Or so we are made to believe.
Luanda Casella / NTGent
✔ English spoken
✔ Dutch surtitles
✔ Trigger warnings: none
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. Late-bloomer director Lua and her fierce assistant Lucius, who have a troublesome relationship, never arrive at the point of actually staging Elektra. Is 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?
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✒ "IRREVERENT, AWFULLY INTELLIGENT, AND HORRIFICALLY FUNNY" --- Etcetera (BE)
✒ "RIGHT THROUGH THE FAKE DRAMA DRILLS THE ECHO OF 2,500 YEARS OF LIVED, AUTHENTIC SUFFERING" --- De Morgen **** (BE)
✒ "IN HER ULTRA TIGHT SCRIPT, CASELLA WEAVES A GREATER CRITICISM ON SOCIETY ABOUT HOW WE ALL EXPLOY OUR WANNABE-TRAUMAS FOR ATTENTION IN THIS NARCISSISTIC TIKTOK-TIMES AND HOW THAT CHOKES ALL POLITICAL THINKING" --- De Standaard (BE) ***
Luanda Casella is a writer and performer trying to rescue the art of storytelling from its mediatized doomed destiny. Her research focuses broadly on the role of literature in the development of critical thinking; the ways in which individuals relate to narratives to create a sense of identity, to form their opinion of the world and ultimately protect themselves. By examining rhetorical concepts through humor, her work exposes language constructions, exploring unreliable narration in fiction and in everyday communicative processes. During the last few years, she has been studying 'the rhetoric of deception', investigating the use of storytelling in communication media, institutions, and politics.
Read Lua Casella's bio here.
Read Bavo Buys' bio here.
Read Emma Van Ammel's bio here.
Read Lucius Romeo-Fromm's bio here.
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