Ajax, Œdipe, Électre
© Martin Argyroglo
Following last season’s production of Les Molière de Vitez, Gwenaël Morin and his company of young actors return to Nanterre-Amandiers with Sophocles’ three tragedies: Ajax, Œdipe and Électre, in new translations by Irene Bonnaud and Malika Bastin-Hammou. Continuing his exploration of the classics, and treating them as “symbolic public spaces”, Morin keeps to his rules: to make theatre out of nothing but the power of the writing and the energy of the actors; to cast his productions at random, avoiding stereotypes and conventional gender classifications; and to allow the unexpected to inform his creation. The three plays are staged for the open air and will be performed once only, back-to-back, in the Parc André-Malraux on 10 September at the break of day (5 am). Through these three dramas belonging to our collective consciousness, Gwenaël Morin paints a picture of humanity wrestling with its own destiny, and losing control. Sophocles’ Ajax, Œdipe and Électre depict lone individuals caught up in tragic conflicts in which one order is in opposition to another: and Morin tests our willingness to approach the common ground portrayed. Through a process of repetition and the breaking down of control, these plays are restored to the chaos from whence they came. As the protagonists discover what they had already suspected, the unexpected rises up before us with the poetic clarity of a sudden flight of birds.