It’s a pleasure to stage the Oresteia, the only trilogy that remains of ancient Greek theater. Above all, listen to Xenaquis music and interpret his viewing about the end of the curse on the house of Atreus. I imagine the year 458 a. C. and its actors / singers that drunk with music, forgot themselves and saw themselves from the outside, in a simultaneous state of inebriation and sobriety. As Nietzsche said, the occident researches have only glimpsed shadows of the Greeks, not having penetrated only the outer layer of their world. We lack of the music to know the ancient Greeks and Greek Xenaquis tried to retrieve it to flow the vital Greek fire surrounding the tragedy and its transcendent character, with his experience of the water of life and the air of the death . Life is like an eternal source that constantly produces and that tear itself, causing pain and suffering of being cut up from the primary.
I would like the audience to feel the chaotic abyss that lies beneath the earth forms and from which they emerge. The Oresteia is a carrier of the most horrible suffering, while destroying the logic of individual and confronts the man with the anxious and fear limitlessness, but also the greatest pleasure of the divine intoxication that is being free from the chains that prevent us to contemplate the unity that underlies all existence. His art is music, which cause the sacred enthusiasm that makes people sing and dance in harmony with nature. This is what La Fura dels Baus has always tried, especially in its early works and in Oresteia we try to reflect again this game of the constructions and the perpetual destruction of the world, opening a door to the attending people to that mystery: Live an experience surrounded by the choir and the wonderful music of Xenaquis.
Conductor: Peter Rundel
Artistic Concept and Direction: Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus)
Assistant, Choreography: Saskia Hölbling
Artistic concept and Stage Design: Roland Olbeter
Pyrotechnics: Thomas Bautenbacher
Dramaturg: Sabine Föllinger
Baritone: Carl Rosman
Orchestra: Remix Ensemble Porto
Choir: Webern Kammerchor der MDW
Coproduction: Wiener Festwochen, Wiener Taschenoper
In Cooperation with: Remix Ensemble Porto
Oresteia is a carrier of the most horrible suffering, while destroying the logic of individual and confronts the man with the anxious and fear limitlessness, but also the greatest pleasure.