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Klytaimnḗstra

Toneelhuis, Olympique Dramatique, STAN

“If evil is in this wind, let it blow over.” 
The first part of this trilogy by the Greek tragedy poet Aeschylus focuses on the story of King Agamemnon and his wife Clytemnestra. The monarch decides to sacrifice their daughter Iphigenia in exchange for favourable winds to take his ships to Troy. After Agamemnon finally wins the Trojan War, he returns home, where a confrontation with Clytemnestra awaits him. 

In the summer of 2022 in Greece, STAN presented this story in the open air in Elefsina (also known as Eleusis), the birthplace of Aeschylus. In 2024, they and Olympique Dramatique are adapting Klytaimnḗstra for theatres. In their show, three different versions of the famous Greek tragedy come together: Aeschylus’s original play in Greek, Ted Hughes’s masterly English translation, and Gustav Ernst’s raw interpretation, Bloedbad (Blood Bath), in Dutch. The juxtaposition of these three interpretations of this mythical story brings to the surface the unbridled craving for war and toxic lust for power within it, and we see the character of Agamemnon in a new light.  

The cast consists of a group of Belgian and Greek actors and a Brazilian and Norwegian performer – a polyphonic ensemble, embodying different perspectives and revealing the dynamics between dancers and actors. A dissection of misogyny, 2500 years ago and today. Of the hunger for power and violence, of the apathy with which we submit to brutality. A questioning of contemporary identities and truths. With as guiding line: Where does intuition take over from reason? 

by and with

  • Antonis Antonopoulos
  • Adriana Bakker
  • Jolente De Keersmaeker
  • Synne Enoksen
  • Sara Haeck
  • Eleni Moleski
  • Maria Skoula
  • Stijn Van Opstal
  • Gustavo Gláuber

concept, direction

  • Jolente De Keersmaeker

text

  • Aischylos
  • Ted Hughes
  • Gustav Ernst

movement advice

  • Youness Khoukhou

scenography, light

  • Thomas Walgrave

costumes

  • Rachid Laachir

production

  • Toneelhuis
  • Olympique Dramatique
  • STAN

coproduction

  • European Capital of Culture Elefsina 2023

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Gallop Tax Shelter

All data

  1. Monday 15 April 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Tuesday 16 April 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Tuesday 16 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Wednesday 17 April 2024 — 11h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Wednesday 17 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Thursday 18 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  7. Saturday 20 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Aftertalk in the auditorium
  8. Saturday 20 April 2024 — 22h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Sunday 21 April 2024 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  10. Sunday 21 April 2024 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen With audio description
  11. Tuesday 23 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Tuesday 23 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Introduction at 7.15 PM at De Verdieping
  13. Wednesday 24 April 2024 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Introduction at 7.15 PM at De Verdieping
  14. Thursday 25 April 2024 — 9h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  15. Friday 26 April 2024 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  16. Saturday 27 April 2024 — 20h00 — NTGent/Schouwburg, Gent
  17. Tuesday 30 April 2024 — 20h00 — CC Brugge/Stadsschouwburg, Brugge
  18. Thursday 2 May 2024 — 20h15 — Warande/Schouwburg, Turnhout
  19. Wednesday 8 May 2024 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  20. Thursday 9 May 2024 — 20h00 — KVS - BOL, Brussel
  21. Sunday 12 May 2024 — 6h00 — NTGent/Citadelpark, Gent
  22. Tuesday 14 May 2024 — 20h00 — CCHA, Hasselt
  23. Friday 17 May 2024 — 20h00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  24. Saturday 18 May 2024 — 20h00 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  1. Cancelled: Monday 1 April 2024 — 9h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  2. Tuesday 2 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  3. Wednesday 3 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  4. Thursday 4 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  5. Friday 5 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  6. Monday 8 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Monday 8 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  8. Tuesday 9 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Tuesday 9 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlazolder, Antwerpen
  10. Wednesday 10 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  11. Thursday 11 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  12. Friday 12 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  13. Saturday 13 April 2024 — 10h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen

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