Sous l’oiel d’ Oedipe (Under the Eye of Oedipus), from the french director and playwright Joël Jouanneau, an ironic title given that his Oedipus blinds himself with a razor (onstage) just 20 minutes into this three-hour play. Jouanneau borrows from Sophocles and Euripides for his fairly straightforward retelling of the history of Oedipus. Jouanneau’s original contribution to the well-worn tale is a very sympathetic portrait of Oedipus, who comes to regret his eye-gouging.
“META” is a hybrid site-specific performance that emerged through the creation of a network society, through an open dialogue on the role of art today and the need for parallel clusters around a common feeling: something is breaking in our society, something is getting irretrievably lost: “Let’s celebrate!” The performance deals with notions of the “end” – the relation of people to society in a moment of disaster/crisis, the end of the Big Narratives and the period after. In “META”, the simple everyday communication (through the text of the actors) runs in parallel with texts of: Makriyannis, St. John, Aristotle, Plato, Rosa Luxembourg, Roger Dadoun, Fernando Pessoa, Ernesto Sabatto, Pierre Paolo Pasolini, Thierry Paquot, Witold Gombrowicz, William Burroughs, Karl Marx, etc.
The performance was created with the contribution and participation of more than 50 citizens, activists, artists.
Based on radio-play Three Women by Sylvia Plath the cast of four in a kitchen, where Plath’s most crucial life episodes happened, “trapped” with sensors; live sound composition is interwoven dynamically with cooking, text, dance. The performers cook throughout the performance and at the end, they serve and join their audience for dinner.