The story of a queen who – as is customary in ancient tragedies – enjoyed suffering for several lifetimes to come. The story of a woman who has always been on the fringes of men (theatre characters and authors). The story of a character who, in Sophocles' famous tragedy, is given the most space at the moment when the messenger describes her suicide.
The production of Iokasté is an attempt at feminist retribution on this myth. It combines a contemporary poetic text with a strong movement and visual component.
Director Lukáš Brutovský says: "For some time we considered ourselves masters of the situation, but the crisis of anthropocentrism is palpable in our space - pandemics, war, climate crisis. To stay with feminism – I think the crisis of anthropocentrism is related to the crisis of the white men, because for a long time we used the term anthropos for the figure of a man."
The production was co-produced by the Prague City Theatres and the Slovak Chamber Theatre Martin The production is a part of the CATASTROPHE project
Photo credits: Patrik Borecký More information here
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