ORESTE BY IFIGENIA Tan Shou Chen and Ng Tian Hui (Singapore) Performed by Cherie Tse, Chan Wei En and William Kephavong
25 & 26 May Sat, 8pm Sun, 5pm Chamber, Festival House $20* *Limited concessions available *for students, NSFs and seniors
1h 20m, no intermission Rating to be advised
Ifigenia gave herself to the sacrificial sword so the Greeks could launch their war against Troy. Saved by Artemis, she becomes the priestess for the city of Tauris. Now in charge, Ifigenia faces an impossible choice: follow the law and slay her unfortunate brother, Oreste, or summon everything she has to save her only kin. Using George Frideric Handel’s music, this new work by theatre-maker Tan Shou Chen and music director Ng Tian Hui responds to Handel’s opera Oreste. This staging, set against the backdrop of Euripedes’ Ifigenia Among the Taurines, turns the spotlight to this enigmatic woman, to tell the story of Oreste according to Ifigenia, with the opera transforming her from a supporting character in Oreste’s journey, to a central figure.
Photo by Samuel Woo