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Alcestis

Original title: Άλκηστις [Alkestis]

Director

Boris Liješević

Opening night

11th October 2013
Small Stage

Duration:

90 minutes

Apollo has arranged that Admetus can avoid his death, if he can persuade someone else to die in his place. Only his wife, Alcestis, is agreeable, and the fatal day has now arrived. Death arrives to claim his victim. The dying Alcestis requests a favour of her husband: that he not marry again. He promises not only not to marry but to banish all entertainment and joy from his palace. After her death his friend Heracles arrives, expecting hospitality. Over the objections of the chorus, Admetus welcomes him, keeping secret the death of his wife. After a vicious interchange between Admetus and his father Pheres, whom Admetus had expected would die in his place, the funeral procession moves off. A drunken Heracles emerges, but sobers up rapidly when he learns the truth from a servant. Admetus returns from the funeral, realizing that he has made no good bargain in accepting Apollo’s favour, that Alcestis in death is happier than he in life. Heracles returns leading a veiled woman, whom he hands over to a reluctant Admetus. She turns out to be Alcestis, rescued by Heracles by wrestling with Death for her life.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Jera Ivanc

Drama Igralec: Jera Ivanc | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Aleksandar Kostić

Drama Igralec: Aleksandar Kostić | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET AND LIGHT DESIGNER

Branko Hojnik

Drama Igralec: Branko Hojnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNERS

Leo Kulaš, Ljubica Čehovin Suna

Drama Igralec: Leo Kulaš, Ljubica Čehovin Suna | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Vlado Glavan

Drama Igralec: Vlado Glavan | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Nina Rajić Kranjac

Drama Igralec: Nina Rajić Kranjac | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca

Apollo, Admetus, Chorus; piano, vocals

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Death, Serving-woman, Alcestis, Chorus; vocals, percussion

Marko Okorn

Pheres, Servant, Chorus; drums, vocals

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Heracles, Chorus; guitar, cello, piano, vocals

Festivals

2014

49th Maribor Theatre Festival

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