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. Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding will be presented at the BAM Theatre in New York in September and a full production of the piece will take place in Athens in the Autumn of 2019 with the participation of cognitive scientists from the Warburg Institute, University of London.

Premiere: 4th April 2019, Stanford University, USA


Stage Director and Librettist:
Elli Papakonstantinou
Advisor to the project: Prof. Manos Tsakiris

Composers: Tilemachos Mousas and Julia Kent
Real-time Video Art: Stephanie Sheriff and Hassan Estakhrian
Electroacoustic Environments: Barbara Nerness
Research and Application Developers:
Constantin Basica, Romain Michon
General Manager: Leah Michalos 
Production Manager: Theodora Loukas
Assistant to Director: Anastasia Katsinavaki​

Performers/Cast: Cast: Nasia Gofa , Anastasia Katsinavaki, Theodora Loukas, Lito Messini, Manos Tsakiris
Musicians on Stage: Julia Kent (cello) and Misha Piatigorsky (piano)


CCRMA – Stanford (USA), 04.04.2019
BAM Theatre, New York (USA) 25-29.09.2019
Athens (GR), Autumn 2019 (tba)

With the collaboration of
(research collaboration):
CCRMA, Stanford University, USA

Supported by:

With the kind support of the



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 […]


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