Jean-Baptiste Sastre // Phèdre les oiseaux

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Jean-Baptiste Sastre // Phèdre les oiseaux

Time: May 21, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 29, 2013 at 9:30pm
Location: Baryshnikov Arts Center
Street: 450 West 37th Street Suite 501
City/Town: New York
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Event Type: chorus performance, theater performance
Latest Activity: May 17, 2013

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Event Description

N.Y. Premiere
May 21 - 24 + 28 - 29, 2013

Text by Frédéric Boyer
English Translation by Cole Swensen
Directed by Jean-Baptiste Sastre
Dramaturgy by Ellen Hammer
Featuring Hiam Abbass and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

Acclaimed actors Hiam Abbass and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine star in Phèdre les oiseaux (Phaedra the birds), a new theater work drawing from the tragic Greek figures Phaedra and Hippolytus. Going beyond a retelling of the classic story, Phèdre les oiseaux reimagines the tale of forbidden love, examining through a modern lens themes of morality, sexual intrigue, and betrayal that inhabit cultural myths.

Based on an original text that has been translated into several languages, this international theater project assembles its Greek chorus from each city where the work is presented. The production at BAC features community performers from the group Haïtian-Americans in Action.

Phèdre les oiseaux (Phaedra the birds) is performed primarily in English, with the Greek chorus performing in English, French, and Haïtian Creole. 

MAY 21 - 24
TUE - FRI / 7:30 PM
MAY 28 + 29
TUE + WED / 7:30 PM

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