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New York premiere of OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum was Blinding

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 7:30PM

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  • Sep 2019

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New York premiere of OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum was Blinding

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 7:30PM

Brooklyn, NY , United States of America




"One
of the best representatives of Greek avant-garde,

Elli
Papakonstantinou never ceases to surprise us."


ATHINORAMA, Maria
Kryou

 

ODC
ENSEMBLE (ATHENS, GREECE)

WITH

THE
DIRECTORS COMPANY (NYC)

PRESENT

THE
NEW YORK PREMIERE OF

 

OEDIPUS:

Sex
with Mum Was Blinding

 

AN
IMMERSIVE OPERA

CONCEIVED,
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

2018-19
FULBRIGHT ARTIST'S AWARD RECIPIENT

ELLI
PAPAPAKONSTANTINOU

 

ORIGINAL
MUSIC COMPOSED BY

TILEMACHOS
MOUSSAS AND JULIA KENT

 

CINEMATIC
ENVIRONMENTS BY
STEPHANIE SHERRIFF

 

FEATURING 

NASSIA
GOFA, ANASTASIA KATSINAVAKI, LITO MESSINI, 

JULIA
KENT (CELLO), MISHA PIATIGORSKY (PIANO), 

HASSAN
ESTAKHRIAN AND BARBARA NERNESS (ELECTROACOUSTIC ENVIRONMENTS)

 

STRICTLY-LIMITED
ENGAGEMENT

WEDNESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 25- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 ONLY

 

BAM
FISHER

321
ASHLAND PLACE, BROOKLYN, NY

 

 

Award-winning
international theatre company 
ODC
Ensemble
,
based in Athens, Greece, with New York City's 
The
Directors Company
,
proudly present the New York premiere of the innovative
cinematic opera
"OEDIPUS:
Sex with Mum Was Blinding." 
Conceived,
written, and directed by 2018-19 Fulbright Artist's Award
recipient 
Elli
Papakonstantinou
,
"OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" has original music
composed by 
Tilemachos
Moussas 
and Julia
Kent
 performed
live into an array of surreal cinematic environments created
by 
Stephanie
Sherriff
. "OEDIPUS:
Sex with Mum Was Blinding" will play a strictly limited
engagement at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), located at 321 Ashland
Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, from Wednesday, September 25 - Sunday,
September 29, 2019. Tickets to "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was
Blinding" are $30 General Admission and are available
at 
https://tickets.bam.org/production/?pid=21720.

 

An
immersive opera which mixes traditional performance with cutting-edge
technology and emerging neuroscience, the production draws narrative
inspiration from Sophocles' classic tragedy Oedipus Rex.
A 2018-19 Fulbright Artist's Award recipient and visiting scholar at
Stanford University; 2018-19 "Music Theatre Now"
international award recipient, Elli creates her own visually
striking, lyric adaptation and explores engaging audiences in a new
radical way. By using new technologies which turn the audience into
the actual chorus of the opera, the piece rediscovers the community
at the heart of a political performance, as it was in the ancient
times.

 

Mythology,
pop cultural references, and gender reexaminations feed into this
unique theatrical mashup, as an all-female acting ensemble of opera
singers, led by a female Oedipus, and jazz vocalists join forces with
musical virtuosos (live augmented cello, piano & new instruments)
on stage for a deep dive into a haunting mind game.

 

Partly
developed during the director's stay at the Center for
Computer Research in Music & Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford
University
, "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" also
has artists and scientists joining forces on a new neuroscientific
case study. The study explores the questions: "Are we free?,"
"Dο we experience free will?," Are there real
alternatives, or is all that takes place the outcome of necessity?"
An exploration into Determinism and Self, the answers describe either
our majesty or captivity.

 

The
advisor to the project is 
Professor
Manos Tsakiris
,
Professor of Psychology, University of London (manostsakiris.com).

 

"OEDIPUS:
Sex with Mum Was Blinding" was presented at CCRMA, Stanford
University on April 4, 2019, produced by ODC Ensemble. The limited
engagement at BAM Fisher is the beginning of an international tour.
The next staging will take place in Athens, Greece later this fall,
with the participation of cognitive scientists from The Warburg
Institute, University of London.

 

The
cast of "OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding" at
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) includes Nassia Gofa, Elias
Husiak, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Theodora Loukas,
 Lito
Messini
Misha PiatigorskyManos
Tsakiris
 and musicians Julia Kent (cello)
and Misha Piatigorsky (piano).

 

Electroacoustic
environments are provided by Hassan Estakrian and Barbara
Nerness.

 

This
event is presented by ODC Ensemble with The Directors Company. BAM
house and ticketing policies may not apply. BAM Membership benefits
do not apply.

 

"OEDIPUS:
Sex with Mum Was Blinding" is supported by the Hellenic
Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports
; the Neon
Foundation
; the J.F. Costopoulos FoundationODC
Ensemble; CCRMA; Stanford University; BIAS and the School of Advanced
Studies, University of London
.

 

ARTISTS
AND COLLABORATORS 

Concept,
stage direction and libretto: 
Elli Papakonstantinou

Music
composition:
 Tilemachos Moussas, Julia Kent

Real
time cinematic environments:
 Stephanie Sherriff

Scientific
advisor:
 Professor Manos Tsakiris

Light
design:
 Elli Papakonstantinou

Real
time audio development:
 Constantin Basica 

Masks
concept, design and materialization: 
Maritina Keleri &
Chrysanthi Avloniti 

Costumes: Jolene
Richardson

 

Performers:

Nassia
Gofa - Jocasta / Chorus 

Elias
Husiak- Boy

Anastasia
Katsinavaki - Teiresias / Chorus

Theodora
Loukas - Woman

Lito
Messini - Oedipus / Chorus

Misha
Piatigorsky - MC 

Manos
Tsakiris - Researcher

   
     

Julia
Kent - cello

Misha
Piatigorsky - piano

Barbara
Nerness - live electronics

 

Hassan
Estakhrian, Stephanie Sherriff: Real time video

 

Cinematic
Environment team

Video
production lead:
 Stephanie Sherriff

Technical
developer: 
Simona Fitcal, Hassan Estakhrian (US)

Video
Production Assistant (Greece):
 Cemre Deniz Kara

Technical
Assistant (Greece): 
Lefteris Zimianitis 

 

Executive
Producer:
 Elli Papakonstantinou/ODC 

General
Manager:
 Leah Michalos

Production
Manager:
 Antonis Peristerakos, Theodora Loukas (US)

Director's
Assistant (US) /Stage Manager:
 Madelein Whitesell

Director's
Assistant (Greece): 
Anastasia Katsinavaki, Ageliki
Karistinou

Publicist: Michelle
Tabnick, Bill Coyle

Photography: Karol
Jarek, Elias Moraitis (Greece) 

Videography: Ashleigh
McArthur

 

BIOGRAPHIES

ELLIPAPAPAKONSTANTINOU (Creator,
Libretto, Director
)
creates live performances with an emphasis on opera, new plays and
new media. While revisiting the classics in immersive experiences
that involve multiple actors of the community, her art connects
notions of myth, politics and major narratives of our days.
Papakonstantinou has lived in the UK for over a decade and has
created and presented her work in international festivals and venues
like: Edinburgh Festival (UK), LaMaMa E.T.C., (USA), the West End
(UK), Prague Quadrennial 15 (CH), National Theatre of Greece (GR),
Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), Operadagen
Festival (HL), Neukoellner Oper Berlin (GE), Megaron (National
Concert Hall) (GR), Musikteatre Festival (AU) and more.
Papakonstantinou has been commissioned by European Capitals of
Culture "Valetta18" (Malta), "Eleusis21" (Greece)
and 'Pafos17' (Cyprus) and has presented her work for the European
Parliament for Culture in 2017. Her creations tour internationally
including representing Greece at PQ (official Hellenic participation
Prague Quadrennial 2015). Amongst other artistic achievements, her
last work the Cave was awarded a 'Music Theatre Now 2018-19
international award', while for other works she has received a "First
Prize Award" at the Edinburgh Festival, (UK) and a "First
Prize Award 2017" for the REP, Birmingham (UK). Papakonstantinou
shaped her ideas from the civic movements that emerged in Greece
during the crisis. She pledges her talent to increase empowerment.
During the crisis in Greece, Papakonstantinou engaged herself beyond
the "usual" role of a theatre director to become
politically engaged entrepreneur, founded and directed Vyrsodepseio,
a 3.000 sq. m. art space in Athens (2011-2017). Vyrsodepseio served
as a base for the international performance company ODC Ensemble
(founded by Papakonstantinou since 2002) but also as a vibrant hub,
an evolving project for horizontal politics and synergies with a
focus on international networking (a proud partner of three Creative
Europe projects and member of the independent networks Trans Europe
Halles and IETM). Named a Visiting CCRMA Scholar by Stanford
University and a visiting scholar by Princeton University and
nominated twice with a Fulbright Artist's Award, Papakonstantinou
tends to defy traditional categories. She conducted a free fall on
the same day as directing Shakespeare's Richard II for the first
time. She is a mountaineer and her passion for the high peaks often
takes her as far as the top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or the
Himalayas; she could spend her life under water and is always looking
for more opportunities to create cross sectorial and multimedia
hybrid work. Papakonstantinou founded the company ODC Ensemble to
challenge what opera and music theatre is all about. She writes and
directs all of the company's works. Papakonstantinou holds a BA at
the School of Arts, University of Thessaloniki (GR) and an MA and
M.Phil at the Royal Holloway, University of London (U.K.). In
addition to "Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding," she is
currently working on 
The
Kindly Ones
,
presented in 2019 at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial in
Austria. Visit elli.site.

 

TILEMACHOS
MOUSSAS
 (Composeris
an Athens based composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator.
He invests in the creation and performance of subversive music, from
instant composing and avantgarde. He creates, performs and produces
experimental music and opera that fuses the musicality of speech,
poetry, classical music, jazz and electronic sound art. He is a
founding member of music theater company, ODC Ensemble and has
presented his music across Europe and internationally and released
multiple albums. 
After
his studies at Agostini and F. Nakas Contemporary Music Schools he
was offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. He holds a
Master of Music in "Jazz Performance & New Technologies".
Some of the bands he played in are: Xaxakes, Ble, "LoveLab",
Acetic Voice, and Medieval Death. In 2002, he formed his own jazz
band, Tilemachos Moussas Quartet. He has worked with many important
musicians such as: Damo Suzuki (CAN), Savina Yannatou, Blaine
Reininger (Tyxedomoon), Julia Kent, Pamelia Kurstin, Lena Norin,
Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Missirli Ahmet, Georgia Sylleou, Thanos
Anestopoulos, D. Kamarotos and has performed with artists such as
Chico Freeman, Sheila Jordan, and Jerome Rothenberg. Tilemachos has
played as guest in concerts for bands and musicians such as: Anouar
Brahem, Nouvelle Vague, Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), Ozric
Tentacles, Manhattan Vibes, etc. Tilemachos composed the music for
several plays and performances such as: Kazin Barokk (commissioned by
Cultural Capital of Europe Valletta 2018), The Cave (winner of the
MTNow international competition 2018), Louisette: The backstage of a
revolution (commissioned by Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2017 and
Cultural Capital of Europe Elefsis 2021), REVOLT ATHENΣ (Presented
for the European Parliament for Culture 2017 & First Prize Award
for the REP, BE Festival Birmingham 2017), Adio Adio Amore (2013
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), D.OPA. (Les Hivernales - CDCN
Avignon 2013), Woyzeck Quartet (Athens & Epidaurus Festival
2012), Don Juan (National Theater of Greece 2010), just to mention
some. He participated as performer in: Dying as a Country (Athens &
Epidaurus Festival 2007), Swan Lake City (National Theatre of
Northern Greece - arranging Tchaikovsky and playing the guitar), The
Night Of The Secrets (National Theatre of Greece), Dream Odyssey
(National Theatre of Northern Greece), off the streets (Cultural
Capital Of Europe Patras 2006), American Dream (Greek National
Opera), META (Vyrsodepseio). He has composed music for the films:
Anemistiras (D.Bitos, 2015), The stranger (K. Tsakiris 2009), Lines
(Vasilis Mazomenos, 2016), Not to set foot in Athens (Μ. Mouzakis,
2002), Can U Feel it (F. Vlahakis, 2004). His CDs "Kyknostalagma/Swan
Drip" and "Newborn" has been released by Ankh records.
He lives in Athens and he also works as an educator in Special
Education. Visit moussas.com.

 

JULIA
KENT
 (Composer) is
a Canadian, New York City-based, Vancouver, British Columbia-born,
cellist and composer. She has performed as a member of Rasputina and
with Antony and the Johnsons. She creates music using looped cello,
found sounds, and electronics. In 2007, she released "Delay,"
her first solo album, on Important Records. An EP, Last Day in July,
was released for commercial distribution in 2010, and a second
full-length record, Green and Grey, in 2011, on Tin Angel. In 2013
Kent moved to The Leaf Label, releasing her third solo album,
Character, in March. Her album Asperities was released on Leaf on 30
October 2015. Kent spoke about the album in an interview, saying "I
was thinking about the concept of difficulty. Whether in life or in
nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. Also
in geology, an asperity is some part of a fault line that doesn't
move which can create an earthquake, which is quite an evocative
concept...In the music there is an inherent sense of dissonance; that
things are too close for comfort. More generally, it seems like a
particularly dark time in the world right now, and I think that
definitely had an influence too". Her composition "Dorval"
was used in the 2008 film Trinidad, and in The Good Show, an episode
of National Public Radio's Radiolab. In 2011 her composition
"Gardermoen," from "Delay," was used in Paolo
Sorrentino's movie This Must Be the Place. She composed music for the
Canadian documentary film The Boxing Girls of Kabul, the short film
Birthplace, "A Short History of Decay," and "Oasis,"
which won Best Short Film at the Seville European Film Festival 2015.
She has also composed and performed music for theatre and dance,
including productions by the Italian company Balletto Civile. As a
solo artist, she has appeared at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, the
Meltdown Festival in London, the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, the
CTM festival in Berlin, The 24-Hour Drone in Hudson, NY and the
Unsound festival in New York City. Visit juliakent.com.

STEPHANIE
SHERRIFF
 (Video
Artist
)
is an interdisciplinary sculptor, performer, and media artist. Her
artwork is experiential in nature and consists of sculptural,
time-based installations and performances that are often living,
changing, and sometimes dying. In her process she observes, collects,
deconstructs, and recomposes plants, light, sound, video, and scents
in order to create abstracted, ephemeral forms and sensory
experiences. She received an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford
University in 2019 and a BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State
University in 2014. Visit ssherriff.com.

 

ODC
ENSEMBLE
 (Producer).
ODC (Odyssey) Ensemble, established by theatre director Elli
Papakonstantinou, is an award-winning theatre company based in
Athens, Greece. ODC creates multidisciplinary performances that
empower critical thinking with an emphasis on cutting edge music, new
media and political discourse. ODC Ensemble have been based in a
3.000 sq.m. cultural space in Athens called "Vyrsopdeseio",
which they founded in 2011. The company's works include: ODC after
Homer (2002), Viciousness in the kitchen (2010), Μετά/After
(2011), Woyzeck Quartet (2012), Skin (2012), Richard II (2014),
REVOLT ATHENΣ (2015), Luisette: the Backstage of Revolution (2017),
Τhe Cave (2018), Każin Barokk (2018), The Kindly Ones (2019) all
directed by Elli Papakonstantinou. Among recent artistic
achievements, the company has been nominated winner of the Music
Theater Now 2018 International competition and has been awarded
with a First Award Prize at the BE Festival for the REP 2017,
Birmingham, UK, First Prize Award at the Edinburgh Festival, UK and
more. The company has been supported by The Greek Ministry of
Culture, the Arts Council of Great Britain of Denmark and of Sweden
and has toured internationally.
Visit https://elli.site/odc-ensemble/.

 

THE
DIRECTORS COMPANY
 (Producer: Leah
Michalos, Producing Director; Michael Parva, Artistic Director)
 is
an award-winning, not-for-profit theatre company with a mission to
develop and produce groundbreaking new plays and musicals. Among the
works TDC has developed and produced: 
Irena's Vow, by
Dan Gordon, starring Tovah Feldshuh, directed by Michael Parva, which
received an extended Off-Broadway run before transferring to the
Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway, where it was honored with an Outer
Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play.
Other recent Off-Broadway productions include the New York premiere
of 
Terms
of Endearment 
with
Molly Ringwald, the world premieres of 
The
Violin
 by
Dan McCormick, 
The
Road to Damascus 
by
Tom Dulack 
On
a Stool at the End of the Bar by 
Robert
Callely and 
Almost
Home 
by
Walter Anderson, 
Jericho and Poetic
License
 by
Jack Canfora, and 
Murder
in the First by Dan Gordon
,
directed by Michael Parva. Additional major productions developed or
produced by TDC: 
Bat
Boy: The Musical
,
with music by Larson Award-winner Laurence O'Keefe (Lucille Lortel
and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best New Musical); 
The
Milliner
 by
Suzanne Glass; 
The
Passion of Frida Kahlo
,
featuring Tony Award-winning actress Priscilla Lopez; 
Kilt by
Jonathan Wilson (GLAAD Media Award nomination); 
AVOW by
award-winning playwright Bill C. Davis; Tony Phelan and Joan
Rater's 
Good
Will
,
which was optioned for a major motion picture; 
Bad
Girls
,
adapted by award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates from her own short
story; 
The
Ballad of Little Jo
(Richard
Rodgers Award and a Kleban Award for Sarah Schlesinger's
libretto); 
Drifting
Elegant
 by
Stephen Belber (first ever Development Grant awarded by The Kennedy
Center Fund for New American Plays); and 
Once
Upon a Time in New Jersey
,
a Richard Rodgers and Kleban Lyricist Award-winning musical by Susan
DiLallo and Stephen Weiner. Visit www.directorscompany.org.

 

"OEDIPUS:
Sex with Mum Was Blinding" is supported by

the
Hellenic Republic, Ministry of Culture and Sports; the Neon
Foundation; 

the
J.F. Costopoulos Foundation; ODC Ensemble; CCRMA; Stanford
University.

 

 

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