Electra 21 World Premiere

DEDICATED TO MIKIS THEODORAKIS
ELECTRA 21 | A musical recording, a ballet performance, a film production, a liquid staging installation

– by Asteris Kutulas to the music of Mikis Theodorakis

Electra, a timeless thriller. The father sacrifices the eldest daughter for power and fame. His wife slays him for it years later. Their children Electra and Orest kill her to avenge the father. A circle of hatred and destruction. No happy ending.

The live experience of ELECTRA 21 consists of the overall experience of the music, four documentaries running simultaneously, some of them hybrid, and an installation. The audience decides for itself: Visitors can move, sit or stand in this liquid staging installation and direct their attention in each case to whatever captivates them at the moment. In doing so, everyone perceives more than one thing at the same time.

This show installation moves away from the one-dimensional seeing of the 19th century and offers the audience the polydimensional seeing, which corresponds much more to the complexity of our epoch. A new kind of live experience.

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Electra 21 poster (Photo by Loukia Roussou | Artwork by Achilleas Gatsopoulos)
ELECTRA 21 | Eine Musikaufnahme, eine Ballettaufführung, eine Filmproduktion, eine Liquid Staging Installation

– von Asteris Kutulas zur Musik von Mikis Theodorakis

Electra, ein zeitloser Thriller. Der Vater opfert die älteste Tochter für Macht und Ruhm. Seine Ehefrau erschlägt ihn dafür Jahre später. Ihre Kinder Electra und Orest töten sie, um den Vater zu rächen. Ein Kreis des Hasses und der Vernichtung. Kein Happy End.

Das Live-Erlebnis ELECTRA 21 Produktion besteht aus dem Gesamt-Erlebnis der Musik, vier zeitgleich ablaufenden – zum Teil hybriden – Dokumentarfilmen und einer Installation. Das Publikum entscheidet selbst: Die Besucher*innen können sich in dieser Liquid-Staging-Installation bewegen, sitzen oder stehen und ihre Aufmerksamkeit jeweils auf das richten, was sie gerade fesselt. Dabei nimmt jede*r immer mehreres zugleich wahr.

Diese Show-Installation bewegt sich weg vom eindimensionalen Sehen des 19. Jahrhunderts und offeriert dem Publikum das polydimensionale Sehen, das der Komplexität unserer Epoche viel mehr entspricht. Ein neuartiges Live-Erlebnis.

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Electra 21 team after the world premiere in Hof (Foto: Andreas Rau)
ELECTRA 21 CREDITS

A Liquid Staging Installation by Asteris Kutulas on the Music by Mikis Theodorakis

Choreography by Renato Zanella with Sofia Pintzou as Electra | Cinematography by James Chressanthis ASC, GSC | Art Direction by Achilleas Gatsopoulos | Music Production, Editing & Mastering by Alexandros Karozas | Scenography & Production by Georgios Kolios | Concept & Produced by Asteris & Ina Kutulas | Created & Directed by Asteris Kutulas

Special appearance by Katherina Markowskaya & Maria Zlatani | With the music directors Phaidra Giannelou, Andrianna Neamoniti, Clément Nonciaux, Lefteris Veniadis | With special thanks to Frank Wunderatsch

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Sofia Pintzou (Foto: Andreas Rau)

Ballet Credits

Music by Mikis Theodorakis (from his opera „Electra“) | Choreography by Renato Zanella | Film sequences by James Chressanthis ASC, GSC | Music Editing by Alexandros Karozas | Lighting Design by Uwe Niesig | Costumes by Olgica Gjorgieva | Concept & Direction by Asteris Kutulas & Renato Zanella

Dancers | Sofia Pintzou (Electra) | Alexandra Gravilescu (Clytemnestra) | Tamara Alves Dornelas Souza (Chrysothemis) | Eltion Merja (Orestes) | Valentin Stoica (Aigisthos) | Florient Cador (Pylades)

In cooperation with Europaballett St.Pölten | Ballet performances filmed at the „Apollo“ Theater of Hermoupolis (Syros) | International Festival of the Aegean | Presented by MidAmerica Productions of New York and the Municipality of Syros-Hermoupolis | General & Artistic Director Peter Tiboris

Electra 21 Asteris Kutulas Mikis Theodorakis

Music Credits

Galina Dolbonos (Electra), Wladimir Feljaer (Orestes), Emilia Titarenko (Chrysothemis), Daria Rybakova (Clytemnestra), Peter Migounov (Pedagogue), Eugeni Witshnewski (Aegisthos), Sergej Leonwitch (Pylades)

St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Orchestra & Choir | Directed by Mikis Theodorakis | Music Production, Editing & Mastering by Alexandros Karozas | Produced by Alexandros Karozas & Asteris Kutulas | Music Edition by Schott Music & Romanos

ELECTRA 21
Foto: Andreas Rau

Film Credits (4 movies)

Music by Mikis Theodorakis | Ballet Choreography by Renato Zanella | Cinematography by James Chressanthis ASC, GSC | Editing by Yannis Sakaridis, Asteris Kutulas & Stella Kalafati | Music Editing & Mastering by Alexandros Karozas | Art Direction by Achilleas Gatsopoulos | Cameras by Vasilios Sfinarolakis, Mike Geranios, Zoe Chressanthis, Hara Kolaiti, Dionissia Kopana, Stella Kalafati, Asteris Kutulas | Additional filming with Katherina Markowskaya by Sarah Scherer | Sound by Klaus Salge | Assistance to James Chressanthis by Hara Kolaiti | Still photography by Robin Becker | Production Management by Vassilis Dimitriadis

Written & produced by Ina & Asteris Kutulas | Directed by Asteris Kutulas

Music Edition by Schott Music & Romanos | Special thanks to Peter Hanser-Strecker & Margarita Theodorakis

Cameras provided by Alternative Digital Cinema, Los Angeles & Canon, USA | Special thanks to Joe Lomba & Tim Smith

Soundtrack with kind permission of SCHOTT MUSIC, Mainz & Romanos

Foto: Andreas Rau

Special thanks for the support to the  Strecker-Stiftung, Frank Wunderatsch, Internationale Hofer Filmtage, Rafaela Wilde, Dimitris Koutoulas, Tim Dowdall, Gerd Helinski, Rena Parmenidou, Jörg Krause, Christian Jansen, Nana Trandou, Nikos Vlachakis, Jan Perray, Oliver Schulze, Lefteris Veniadis, Alexander Kutulas, Rafika Chawish, Hofer Filmtage Team & Thorsten Schaumann

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„The public LIQUID STAGING project ELECTRA 21 by Asteris Kutulas provided a preview of a cinema format of the future.“ 
ELECTRA 21 World Premiere – 30.10.2021 | 55th International Hof Film Festival

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