Staged as a one-act, 50-minute long drama, ODYSSEUS. Red Rhapsody X revolves around one actor playing a range of roles – Homer the narrator, Odysseus, his son Telemachus, Athena the goddess dressed as Mentor and several suitors. The actor accompanies the spoken language by an improvised phorminx – a string instrument made of wire strings attached with magnets. The result is a primitive acoustic experience. Like in ancient drama, there are no octaves, only tetrads.
ODYSSEUS. Red Rhapsody X uses contemporary theatrical and technical means – industrial sounds and percussion, inspired movements and a rain-machine – to stage the end of the saga for modern audiences. Homer’s poetry is performed in its original rhythmic form while overtitled in English allows spectators to follow what’s literally said. However, the aim of the show is to confront viewers with a highly physical performance and breathe life into an otherwise dead language.
Meth’odo’s work is unique and rare as it performs Ancient Greek Drama in the original language based on the metric laws of Poesies. Complex and musical in its tone, the original dramatic language melts sound and meaning in a way that urges audiences to feel rather than think. The acoustic result could be close to how drama was experienced in ancient times, an issue that is still researched by dramatologists and linguists today. Meth’odo’s approach is experimental. As such it does not aim at accurately reconstructing ancient drama. The group stages ancient dramatic texts as a visual-acoustic and kinesthetic experience for modern 21st century audiences. The theatrical and musical means used draw from percussion, improvised instruments, masks, contemporary and traditional body movement venues.
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