Euripides: The Bacchae

by Euripidus: THE BACCHAE   Are you afraid you’ll go crazy? Always.   There are twelve women in group psychotherapy. Each of them with her own burden and desires seeking refuge from the patriarchal, capitalist, ruthless world where it has become inadmissible to show any weakness or lose control. On the path to liberation from […]

by Euripidus: THE BACCHAE

 

  • Are you afraid you’ll go crazy?
  • Always.

 

There are twelve women in group psychotherapy. Each of them with her own burden and desires seeking refuge from the patriarchal, capitalist, ruthless world where it has become inadmissible to show any weakness or lose control. On the path to liberation from the state of compulsive normality, they enter the mythic world of Euripides’ Bacchae and lead us to a profound journey into the human nature: through the eternal conflict of the Apollonian and Dionysian principles, the reason on which the Western civilization and our primal instincts, fears and needs are established.

 

All the earth will dance at once.
Whoever leads our dancing—
that one is Bromius!
To the mountain, to the mountain,
where the pack of women waits,
all stung to frenzied madness
to leave their weaving shuttles,
goaded on by Dionysus.

 

In the 5th century BC Greek theatre this piece was played exclusively by men who portrayed both genders. Director Lenka Udovički decides to twist this historical power relation and sets Bacchae with twelve exquisite actresses for stage to be governed only by women.

The performance relies on a powerful interplay of acting, movement and music and the magical nature of the Brijuni Islands. The music is composed based on the materials obtained by medical measurements of the actresses’ emotional states – their heartbeat, breathing and brain activity. With such approach, audience will be immersed into a performance of their own, inner human nature, in a common desire for the (un)reachable freedom.

Shows

  • Regular show
    02.08.2018 20:30
  • Regular show
    03.08.2018 20:30
  • Regular show
    04.08.2018 20:30
  • Regular show
    27.07.2018 20:30
  • Preview
    28.07.2018 20:30

Based on translation by: LADA KAŠTELAN
Director: LENKA UDOVIČKI
Dramaturge: ŽELJKA UDOVIČIĆ PLEŠTINA
Costume and set design: BJANKA ADŽIĆ URSULOV
Composers: NIGEL OSBORNE, DAVOR ROCCO
Choreographer: STAŠA ZUROVAC
Light designer: ANDREJ HAJDINJAK
Sound designer: DAVOR ROCCO
Assistant director: SENDI BAKOTIĆ
Correpetition: VALNEA ŽAUHAR
Hair and make up: MARIJA BINGULA
Professional Associate – Psychoanalyst: STANISLAV MATAČIĆ

 

CAST

 

Dionysus: KATARINA BISTROVIĆ DARVAŠ

Pentheus: IVANA KRIZMANIĆ

Cadmus: DUBRAVKA MILETIĆ

Tiresias : LUCIJA ŠERBEDŽIJA

Agave: SENKA BULIĆ

Bacchae:

LUCIJA BARIŠIĆ, HRVOJKA BEGOVIĆ, JELENA GRAOVAC, MILICA MANOJLOVIĆ, DORA POLIĆ VITEZ, BARBARA PRPIĆ, URŠA RAUKAR