Oedipus, Sex with Mum was Blinding

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Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding is a hybrid opera libretto and direction by Elli Papakonstantinou, music composion by Julia Kent and Tilemachos Mousas. The piece draws from cognitive science and the myth of “Oedipus Rex” and was developed during the director’s visit at CCRMA. Originally designed for a cast of seven, this is an abbreviated version featuring a mix of live actors that are folded into an array of surreal cinematic environments. Through a series of scientific experiments, audience engagement plays an essential role in the execution of the piece. Atonal, electroacoustic compositions weave throughout the opera while Grammy nominee, Julia Kent, performs cello on stage in a constant stream of visuals and live action. A full production of the piece will take place in Athens at the Old National Opera House in September 2019 with the participation of cognitive scientists from the Warburg Institute, University of London.

Expected premiere: 4th April 2019, Stanford University, USA

Credits

Concept + Libretto + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou

Music Composition: Tilemachos Mousas and Julia Kent

Video Art / Real time Video: Stephanie Sherriff, Hassan Estakhrian, Simona Fitcal
Real time Audio Processing: Constantin Basica
Electroacoustic environments: Barbara Nerness

 

Performers/Cast: Julia Kent (cello), Clement T. Bouden, Nassia Gofa, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Elli Papakonstantinou, Elena Margaret Sword Stalnaker, Doga Cavdir.

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with researchers at:

Supported by:

With the kind support of the

Reviews

How does Science relate to Theatre?
ODC Ensemble’s performances never cease to amaze, as they aim to spectacles causing inner quakes, under the belief that theater forges a survival art. The most interesting feature of their new production is the fact that the show includes experiments from the field of contemporary neuroscience, in which the audience is invited to participate […]

Athinorama | Theatre News | 04.04.2019

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