show is dedicated to Bhagirathy Narayanan
the poem, was written by the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos in the ‘sixties,
during the historical takeover of power by the Colonels.
the name of a woman.
comes from one of the great mythical families of Ancient Greece. Her father
was Oedipus, her mother Jocasta and her sister, the rebel Antigone. They
have all become emblematic figures in Western culture.
text, Ritsos gives speech to Ismene, « the forgotten sister »,
the only one of the famliy who did not participate in the tragedy but watched
it happen. This mature woman, surrounded now by silence and solitude finally
finds the words to tell her story.
us of her childhood memories, of her famous sister – revealing her in a
new light – but also of the very familiar themes of the rôles we
play, the attitudes we have when faced with crises and political chaos.
the clear, unpitying eyes of those who do not hide any more in front of
their own responsibilities, or in front of the reality we call life, and
in this she offers us a fine opportunity to question ourselves when events
demand that we position ourselves.
lasts an hour and will be performed in English.
by Nirupama Nityanandan
by Brigitte Foray
by Nirupama Nityanandan
body movement by Maïtreyi
If you want to go down deep, you do not need to travel far. » - Ludwig
walled in by silence and solitude for years. She is the last survivor of
a royal family whose history has endured till today because it has become
emblematic, part of a Myth.
first time Ismene reveals herself and tells her part in the story.
How to render
theatrical a text that is not written as a play?
have chosen to write a play, but he prefers to concentrate on one single
character and on what she has to say. First and foremost a poet, his need
was to establish a direct link between the character and the person who
listens, to recreate the intimacy that we might feel when we read a book.
To find that closeness.
ingredients necessary to bring into relief, in the most transparent way,
this putting into words of a poem that, far from being a smooth, peaceful
narrative, is more a deep dive into the soul, a rocky crossing, woven with
impulses and retreats, sudden rushes forward that suddenly stop, the elements
that permit the words to burst forth in all their force and amplitude.
that relentlessly leads the character towards her own truth. A considerable
effort. For the character and for the actor.
A few branches
of the family tree...
of Oedipus and Jocasta.
against her uncle Créon, is condemned to be buried alive but hangs
of Antigone and Ismene.
husband of Jocasta.
himself when he discovers that he had slept with his own mother.
Creon. Cousin of Ismene and Antigone.
to Antigone. Loved by Ismene.
suicide when Antigone kills herself.
(and wife by incest) of Oedipus.
of Antigone, Ismene, Polynices and Eteocles.
when she finds out that she had slept with her own son.
figure of a lion-bodied woman who asks travellers a riddle at the gates
of Thebes which they had to answer correctly or be devoured.
prophet of Thebes who revealed to Oedipus that he had murdered his father
and bedded his mother.