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Electra 21 – A Liquid Staging installation

Electra 21
Four movies. One Soundtrack. No happy end.

ELECTRA 21, a Liquid Staging show consisting of four films running synchronously to one soundtrack with the music of Mikis Theodorakis. In the center, the audience.

4 films, played simultaneously on
4 different screens that are
placed around the audience area

ELECTRA 21 – An immersive cinematic experience of the 21st century.

Director’s Statement

For a long time, I’ve had a vision of combining the worlds of cinema, ballet and show – in a work of art for the 21st century. Hence the title ELECTRA 21. 

The Liquid Staging project, ELECTRA 21, consists of four films, played simultaneously on four different screens that are placed around the audience area, showing different dance scenes, rehearsals, and fantasies based on the Electra ballet performance by choreographer Renato Zanella.

The four films are played synchronously to the same musical recording of the Electra opera by Mikis Theodorakis.

This cinematic show installation moves away from the one-dimensional view of the 19th century and offers the audience the polydimensional perspective, which corresponds far better to the complexity of our epoch.

I was extraordinarily lucky to be able to use the phenomenal music of Mikis Theodorakis as the basis for ELECTRA 21, and to work with him personally on the soundtrack in July 2021. 

The music of Mikis Theodorakis, the gripping elemental choreography of Renato Zanella, the fantastic dance artistry of Sofia Pintzou, the mastery of the cinematographer James Chressanthis (ASC) and the artistic input of Achilleas Gatsopoulos and of all the other artists involved in this project, make our liquid staging production, ELECTRA 21, an impressive, highly emotional and innovative work.

Asteris Kutulas, October 2021

Electra 21 Asteris Kutulas

Electra, a timeless thriller by Sophocles.

The father sacrifices his eldest daughter for power and fame.  
Years later, his wife takes revenge and slays him.
Their children, Electra and Orestes, kill her to avenge their father.
A circle of hatred and destruction. No happy ending.

Electra 21, Asteris Kutulas

Mikis Theodorakis on Electra & Clytemnestra

Agamemnon kills his daughter Iphigenia: in doing so, he violates the law of universal harmony; Clytemnestra kills her husband Agamemnon in revenge: she also violates this law; their children Electra and Orestes ostensibly follow this law, but when they kill their mother Clytemnestra, this continues the act of tragic entanglement and begins a new cycle of criminal action.

Electra is a young girl, beautiful but lonely, a princess who has „married“ the shadow of her father Agamemnon, the daughter who loves her murdered father above all else. As a result, there is something magical about this character.

Electra hates her mother Clytemnestra, and this hatred is something unnatural.

Electra loves her father’s shadow, she loves her brother Orestes, the liberator, but she is also an example of harshness and bloodshed. Orestes has returned out of love for his sister and for his father, whom he wants to avenge; but by actually doing so, he himself becomes a victim.

But one must also understand Clytemnestra. She was a witness when her husband murdered Iphigenia, the youngest daughter. There is a lot of talk about Clytemnestra, but there is silence about Cassandra. Agamemnon is in Troy for ten years, waging war. And when he finally returns to Mycenae, he brings Cassandra with him to the palace as his mistress.

For me, Electra or Clytemnestra are not characters from a time two thousand years ago; rather, they represent our world, the torn world of today. The feelings that moved Elektra or Orestes have moved people at all times; their dramas are the same as those that take place today.

Mikis Theodorakis

Electra 21, Asteris Kutulas

ELECTRA 21 – A Liquid Staging audience experience

Presented are four simultaneously running films, all based on the same musical recording of the Electra opera by Mikis Theodorakis.

Precisely synchronized with this ELECTRA 21 music, the four films representing the following four levels (layers) of the complete work, ELECTRA 21, will be shown on four screens:

Screen 1: ballet film | the (cinematic) recorded ballet performance, ELECTRA, in the „Apollo“ theater in Ermoupolis on Syros

Screen 2: genesis of the ballet, rehearsals | recording of the rehearsals for this ballet performance at different locations in Austria and in Greece, with the dancers and the choreographer Renato Zanella

Screen 3: genesis of the text & associations | „fictional scenes“ with the people involved in this ballet production, combined with graphically designed insertions of the Sophocles text passages, each of which can be seen synchronously with the music feed

Screen 4: genesis of the music and the recording | Mikis Theodorakis conducts the musical recording of the opera, ELECTRA, in the studio in St. Petersburg, which was used as the basis for the Electra ballet performance. These film recordings are mixed with video clips of young conductors conducting the 22 scenes of the ELECTRA 21 soundtrack.

Electra 21, Asteris Kutulas
Different versions of built up of the 4 screens for the ELECTRA 21 show by Giorgos Kolios & Asteris Kutulas

Polymedial vision as a new show format. ELECTRA 21 redefines the audience experience. Visitors can decide at any moment what they want to see and where to focus their attention. In the process, the viewer will always perceive more than one thing at once, and no two people see the same thing.

Electra 21, Asteris Kutulas
Electra 21 outdoor installation set in Chania, Crete

ELECTRA 21 CREDITS (INSTALLATION)

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

Choreography by Renato Zanella  | Cinematography by James Chressanthis ASC, GSC | Art Direction by Achilleas Gatsopoulos | Music Production, Editing & Mastering by Alexandros Karozas | Scenography & Production by Georgios Kolios | Associated Producer Christopher Kikis | Co-Produced by Schott Music | Concept & Produced by Asteris & Ina Kutulas | Created & Directed by Asteris Kutulas

Featuring Sofia Pintzou,  Alexandra Gravilescu, Tamara Alves Dornelas Souza, Eltion Merja, Valentin Stoica, Florient Cador

Special appearance by Katherina Markowskaya, Maria Zlatani, Lefteris Veniadis, Phaidra Giannelou, Clément Nonciaux, Leandros Zotos, Ariadne Koutoulas

Special thanks to Peter Hanser-Strecker, Tim Dowdall, Rafaela Wilde, Thorsten Schaumann, Oliver Schulze & Frank Wunderatsch

World premiere: hof international film festival 2021

Electra 21 World Premiere

Electra 21 Greek Premiere

Announcement by the Municipality Chania, the Goethe Institute & the Chania Culture KAM

ELECTRA 21 Greek Premiere: Liquid Staging Installation to the music of Mikis Theodorakis – Chania 10th and 11th December

This Liquid Staging Installation by Asteris Kutulas to the music of Mikis Theodorakis is an absolutely new kind of live experience!

WHEN: 10th and 11th December
WHERE: Mikis Theodorakis Theatre, Venetian Harbour, Chania

With Jannis Papatzanis live on percussion

The Liquid Staging experience of ELECTRA 21 consists of the overall experience of the music, four documentaries running simultaneously and an installation. The audience decides for itself: Visitors can 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 Liquid Staging 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.

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.

Electra 21 Liquid Staging by Asteris Kutulas

ELECTRA 21 | A musical recording, a ballet performance, a film production, a liquid staging installation

Credits ELECTRA 21 installation

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

Electra 21 Liquid Staging by Asteris Kutulas

On the music of Mikis Theodorakis
„In general, Theodorakis understands the meaning and concept of setting to music differently from most opera composers: the text does not consist in an alternation of recitatives and arias, but in a classification of almost every vocal part into a continuous melismatic fabric, which is of course interrupted by choral parts and some orchestra introductions. Theodorakis sets to music by literally painting characters, emotions, situations, even contents with sounds.“ (Ilias Giannopoulos)

The ELECTRA storyline
The story begins early in the morning (where we experience Electra bemoaning her fate) and ends the same evening with Clytemnestra’s and Aigisthos‘ death, murdered by Orestes and his cousin Pylades. 

Shortly after sunrise two strange men appear (but in fact it is Orestes and Pylades who have disguised themselves) and inform Queen Clytemnestra that her son Orestes has died in exile in a chariot race. Clytemnestra, who together with her lover Aigisthos has killed her husband Agamemnon and therefore fears that her son Orestes, although he fled years ago, could still be dangerous to her, is delighted to learn of his death. Now Clytemnestra sends a messenger to invite the two men to the palace to celebrate this positive news in the evening. When her daughter Electra learns of her brother Orestes‘ fatal accident, she tries in vain to persuade her sister Chrysothemis to revenge their father’s death. Electra is convinced that the mother and her lover must finally die, because they murdered Agamemnon and thus took from the children their father. Now believing that Orestes has been killed in an accident, Electra and Chrysothemis, the two daughters, are to carry out the act of revenge. The „strangers“, Orestes and Pylades, reveal their true identity to Electra, whereupon she instigates her brother to murder Clytemnestra. Orestes finally enters the palace, kills Clytemnestra and then, when he appears, her lover, Aigisthos.

Electra 21 Liquid Staging by Asteris Kutulas

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 | Associated Producer Christopher Kikis

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

Music Edition by Schott Music | 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 Mikis Theodorakis & SCHOTT MUSIC, Mainz

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

Liquid Staging Top Story (pma Magazin)

Electra 21 World Premiere

ELECTRA 21 | A musical recording, a ballet performance, a film production, a liquid staging installation

– created and directed 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.

Electra 21 Asteris Kutulas & Mikis Theodorakis
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.

Electra 21 Asteris Kutulas Mikis Theodorakis
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

Electra 21 Asteris Kutulas Sofia Pintzou
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 Asteris Kutulas

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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Electra 21 Liquid Staging Asteris Kutulas

Liquid Staging Manifest (2016)

Hans Vogt Film Award 2021

55th Hof International Film Festival

Hans Vogt Film Prize Asteris Kutulas Liquid Staging
Announcement by the Hof International Film Festival

THE HANS VOGT AWARD 2021 

We are delighted that with the support of our sponsors, we are able to award the HANS VOGT FILM AWARD of the city of Rehau at the 55th Hof International Film Festival. The prize is aimed at filmmakers whose great innovation and diligence have lent a special quality and value to their films, paying particular attention to film music.

This year, the prize goes to author, filmmaker and producer Asteris Kutulas.

Asteris Kutulas published his own works as an author and worked as a film, music and event producer. In 2014 he began with the production of his film project DANCE FIGHT LOVE DIE – WITH MIKIS ON THE ROAD, which celebrated its world premiere at Hof International Film Festival in 2017. At this year’s 55th Hof International Film Festival, he is presenting his Liquid Staging installation ELECTRA 21.

„For a long time, I’ve had a vision of combining the world of cinema with the world of ballet and the world of shows – in a work of art for the 21st century.“

The installation consists of four films running simultaneously, all based on the same musical recording of the Electra opera music by Mikis Theodorakis. Absolutely synchronously, the four films are played on four screens, showing different ballet scenes and orchestra rehearsals.

The Hans Vogt Film Prize was established to commemorate the pioneering work of Hans Vogt, an engineer born in the Rehau district in 1890, who played a decisive role in the invention of sound film and brought about a new era in the history of cinema. 

Previous award winners: Edgar Reitz, Wim Wenders, Michael Verhoeven, Doris Dörrie, Dominik Graf, Veit Helmer, Caroline Link, Emily Atef

Hans-Vogt-Filmpreis Asteris Kutulas

HANS-VOGT-FILMPREIS 2021

Wir freuen wir uns sehr, dass wir bei den 55. Internationalen Hofer Filmtagen 2021 auch in diesem Jahr, mit der Unterstützung unserer Sponsoren, den HANS-VOGT-FILMPREIS der Stadt Rehau vergeben können. Der Preis ist an Filmschaffende gerichtet, die mit Innovation und Sorgfalt ihren Filmen besondere Qualität und Wertigkeit mit auf den Weg gegeben haben und dabei besonders auf ihre Filmmusik achten.

In diesem Jahr geht der Preis an den Autor, Filmemacher und Produzenten Asteris Kutulas.

Asteris Kutulas wurde am 5. April 1960 in Oradea, Rumänien als Sohn griechischer Emigranten geboren. Nach dem Umzug seiner Familie in die DDR ging Kutulas in Dresden zur Schule und absolvierte dann ein Studium in Germanistik und Geschichte der Philosophie in Leipzig. Er war lange als Übersetzer tätig und bearbeitete dabei unter anderem diverse Schriften von Mikis Theodorakis. Im Laufe der Zeit veröffentlichte er als Autor eigene Werke und arbeitete als Musik- und Eventproduzent sowie als Manager. 2014 begann er mit der Produktion seines Filmprojekts „Dance Fight Love Die – Unterwegs mit Mikis“, welches 2017 Weltpremiere bei den Internationalen Hofer Filmtagen feierte.

Asteris Kutulas Hans Vogt Award Filmpreis Hofer Filmfest
Asteris Kutulas nach der Preisverleihung mit dem Hans Vogt Filmpreis

Bei den diesjährigen 55. Internationalen Hofer Filmtagen präsentiert Asteris Kutulas seine Liquid-Staging-Installation ELECTRA 21. „Schon lange hatte ich die Vision, die Welt des Kinos mit der Welt des Balletts und der Show-Welt zu verbinden: in einem Kunstwerk für das 21. Jahrhundert.“ Die Installation besteht aus vier gleichzeitig laufenden Filmen, die alle auf derselben Musik-Aufnahme derselben Electra-Opern-Musik von Mikis Theodorakis basieren. Absolut synchron werden dazu auf vier Leinwänden vier Filme abgespielt, die verschiedene Ballett-Szenen und Orchester-Proben zeigen.

Mit dem Hans-Vogt-Filmpreis soll an die Pionierleistung des 1890 im Rehauer Ortsteil Wurlitz geborenen Ingenieurs Hans Vogt erinnert werden, der entscheidend an der Erfindung des Tonfilms beteiligt war und für eine neue Ära in der Geschichte des Kinos sorgte.

Bisherige Preisträger: Edgar Reitz, Wim Wenders, Michael Verhoeven, Doris Dörrie, Dominik Graf, Veit Helmer, Caroline Link, Emily Atef

Das Filmtage Team

Hans-Vogt-Filmpreis Asteris Kutulas
Asteris Kutulas im Hans-Vogt-Museum in Rehau, Oktober 2021