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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
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.
CCRMA – Stanford (USA), 04.04.2019
BAM Theatre, New York (USA) 25-29.09.2019
Athens (GR), Autumn 2019 (tba)
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With the kind support of the