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Elektra laments

Epidavros, Greece
26th May 2013

 

A dance developed during research at the Imalis Center for Ancient Hellenic Theatre, Epidauros, 2013 – Dance of a Tragic Figure: An Orphic Descent into the Ancient Role – with Atsushi Takenouchi and Vasilios Arabos. Integrating butô improvisation and movement techniques with the principles of Orphic and Bacchic performance, the dance is based on the lamentation and madness of Elektra.

I sought to elicit the ancient bonds between women’s lamentation (goos) and sorcery (goetia), and the opening of a path to the dead with the evocation of a lost brother and the spirits of vengeance, the Erinyes.