Welcome to a digital, Woody Allenesque universe full of columns and Google search engines, in which the ancient myths and tragic heroes are ruthlessly debunked along with all manner of other unexpected things, including social networks, consumerism, the Y chromosome, Martha Graham’s choreographies and... hamburgers!
A charismatic performer, inspired choreographer and distinguished video-artist, Michelle Ellsworth rolls up at the OCC for the first time with her ‘Greek’ multimedia solo in hand: an inspired, surreal and wildly funny homage to the mythic Clytaemnestra.
Masterfully blending live performance with stand-up-comedy, Ellsworth improvises in a one-woman-show whose dramaturgy, as well as whose technology, is all her own work. Drawing material from Homer’s Iliad and Aeschylus’ Oresteia, as well as from her time on Kalymnos, she creates an entire internet platform dedicates to Clytaemnestra and her interests. With herself in the role of this other, post-modern Clytaemnestra who is as desperately alone as Edward Snowden, she builds advanced interactive applications based on Kinect, throws in ‘handmade’ satirical videos, stages pseudo-academic and bizarre TED talks, goes online to speak to Agamemnon, Aegisthus, Fair Helen and faithful Penelope on Skype, and ensures she makes some unexpected sacrifices of her own along the way.
Text: Homer and Aeschylus
Sampling and Supplementation: Michelle Ellsworth and Ann Ellsworth
With: Michelle Ellsworth (Clytaemnestra, Aegisthus, Aegisthus, Agamemnon, Penelope), Tara Rynders (Electra)
Music: Dave Willey
Art Direction and Web Design: Max Bernstein
Costume Design and Make-Up: Markas Henry and Janice Benning
Video: Bob Shannon and Max Bernstein
Set Design: Priscilla Cohan
Lighting Design: Ryan Seelig
Web Programming: Satchel Spencer
Translation into Greek: Vassilis Douvitsas
Commissioned by On The Boards in Seattle, Washington and funded in part by the University of Colorado.
Monday 21 November
After performance talk with Michelle Ellsworth
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens