Alkestis

new creation
2021/ Classic/ Hybrid
Commissioned by Dramaten - The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden / In collaboration with The Swedish Royal Opera
Premiere 2 December 2021

A radical overwrite of the mythical play, in which Alkestis now receives long-awaited redress.

Alkestis is a musical interpretation of Euripides’ comic tragedy, a tale of fear of death and sacrifice.


Here we are thrown right into a convivial feast where King Admetos and his friends celebrate that he has just escaped death. His wife Alkestis has saved him by dying in his place. Well, soon Hercules will come to Alkesti’s rescue and bring her home from the kingdom of death. She’ll be alive again, but she’s completely mute. Who is she now?

Greek Elli Papakonstantinou is one of Europe’s most exciting directors. She is known for her strong, feminist, groundbreaking and often multilingual and multidisciplinary productions, which are happy to let the audience also speak. To help her, she has an artistic team consisting of the American composer Julia Kent, who composed new music for the production, and the set designer and costume designer Maria Panourgia.

Alkestis was last played at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1968.

 

                                          DRAMATEN – The Royal Dramatic Theatre Of Sweden

The Royal Dramatic Theater, better known as Dramaten, is Sweden’s national stage. Founded in May 1788 by King Gustaf III.  The theater operates on the basis of an assignment from the government, which means, among other things, that the theater manages both theater history and work for the development of theater art. At Dramaten, classics, newly written plays and theater for children and young people are performed. The theater is 100 percent owned by the Swedish state. The CEO is Maria Groop Russel. As of March 1, 2020, Mattias Andersson is the artistic director.

 

Credits

Directed by: Elli Papakonstantinou
Written by: Elli Papakonstantinou (based on Euripides’s “Alcestis”)
Original music composition: Julia Kent
Dramaturge: Emma Meyer Dunner
Translation: Mara Lee
Set & Costume Design: Maria Panourgia
Set & Costume Design Assistant: Sotiris Melanos 
Lighting Design: Jens Sethzman
Choreographer: Rasmus Ölme 
Make-up design: Nathalie Pujol/Moa Hedberg
Video: Pantelis Makkas


  

 

Performers: Mia Benson (Admetos Mother), Karin Franz Körlof (Alkestis), Gunnel Fred (Herakles), David Fukumachi Regnfors ( Choir), Sten-Johan Hedman ( Feres), Göran Martling, (Choir), Torkel Petersson (Death), Shanti Roney (Admetos),  Helmon Solomon (Alkestis II & Choir),  Joel Valois (Apollo), Marcus Vögeli (Choir),  Pierre Wilkner (Head of the Choir)

The Royal Swedish Opera Singers: 
Peter Achrén, Thorvald Bergström, Peter Haeggström, Henrik Hugo, Ian Power, Jan Söderberg

Tour

DRAMATEN- The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden 
December 2021: 2,3,4,10,11, 12,15,17,21,28.12.2021
Janurary 2022: 9,14,15,20.01.2022

In collaboration with: The Royal Swedish Opera

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