“On” the most extreme television show ever made. Broadcast live to our television screens, an orgiastic ritual of sexual punishment meted out by a son to his lecherous mother. And with the adults gathered in the living room to watch the incestuous coupling on their sets, the children, peeping silently through the keyhole, are swept up and initiated into an orgy of unprecedented pleasure.
“The years of innocence”, a chapter from Doukas Kapantais’ sophisticated pornographic novel The empress
, provides the source for this new venture from the Nova Melancholia theatre company. Having engaged with Georges Bataille’s Dead Man
(in a performance included in the Hypnos project
at the OCC), they return to the world of erotic literature with new material, setting up a “literary salon in which the atmosphere of sweet ennui gives way to lust”.
Following in the footsteps of the Marquis de Sade, Kapantais’ tale of sadism, sexual arousal and S&M begat, in this free adaptation, a visual performance from Nova Melancholia which sets out to highlight the adults’ sense of guilt and transgression “in vivid counterpoint with the children’s innocence, inexperience and spontaneity”, to decry the “hypocrisy of the morals and society of the spectacle”, and to stimulate the imagination with “literary pleasure from an erotic utopia”. In the company’s own words: “In an era so awash with emotions and images, how can we possibly touch a nerve in our audience?”.