Theatre Performance: SHADOW. Eurydice says - Elfriede Jelinek

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Theatre Performance: SHADOW. Eurydice says - Elfriede Jelinek

  • Thu 13 Oct 2022
  • 7:00PM

**Due to the high demand for this event, we are delighted to offer a limited number of tickets for the final run-through of this show, ahead of the public performance. To book tickets for the dress-rehearsal, taking place on 12 October, please click here or head over to this event: Dress Rehearsal: SHADOW. Eurydice says - Elfriede Jelinek**

' long as I can take my clothes with me, they are everything I am...'

Join us for a unique live theatre performance of 'SHADOW. Eurydice says', a stage adaption of Elfriede Jelinek's critically acclaimed work. The play is produced by renowned Austrian director and Nestroy Theatre Prize winner Sabine Mitterecker and performed by the celebrated actress Alexandra Sommerfeld. Expect an outstanding theatre piece full of humour and ambiguity, composed in highly musical language.

This evening was developed for the ACF London to celebrate Elfriede Jelinek's 75th birthday in 2021.

A THEATER.punkt production
with Alexandra Sommerfeld
directed by Sabine Mitterecker
sound design by Wolfgang Musil

Orpheus and Eurydice are the embodiment of lovers.

As Eurydice dies prematurely bitten by a snake, Orpheus ventures into the underworld to bring her back to life, charming Hades with his music.

But what happens, if Eurydice doesn't want to return? What if she refuses to be seen as the token of his love that he needs to redeem? What if she even discards the versions of female identity offered to her? Discards them like last season's clothes? Ancient Greek myth and modern female reality are closely intertwined in Elfriede Jelinek's text, addressing us through the perspective of an unexpected speaker. What if the object of desire itself raises her voice?

Sabine Mitterecker, born in Austria, holds a Master's degree in philosophy and has been a director since the early 90ies. She later founded and was the (co-)producer for many productions in Vienna and abroad. (including Berlin, France, Luxembourg, Gdansk, Sarajevo, Tirana and Switzerland). She received the Theatre Award NESTROY-PRIZE in 2000, 2002 and 2010.

Alexandra Sommerfeld, born in Austria, is a theatre and film actress. After finishing her studies at the renowned Viennese drama school “Max Reinhardt Seminar”, Sommerfeld has been continuously active in various theatre and dance productions (Schauspielhaus Wien, Volkstheater, Theater in der Josefstadt, theaterPunkt, theatercombinat, Kosmos Theater...) and had numerous appearances in film and television. For many years she has been collaborating with acclaimed directors, composers and choreographers, such as Claudia Bosse, Günther Rabl, Yosi Wanunu, or Sabine Mitterecker.

Wolfgang Musil, born in Austria, is an associate lecturer at the Institute for Composition and Electroacoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 1985. He worked on numerous tape compositions, performances, sound installations, theatre music, literary settings, and radio plays. He has closely cooperated with THEATER.punkt and has been the sound director for Sabine Mitterecker's productions for many years.


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