BORIS YELTSIN

2012
MICKAEL DE OLIVEIRA 

Boris Yeltsin takes Aeschylus’ Oresteia as a starting-point, but moves away from it to inscribe itself at the heart of the so-called ‘contemporary, Western and democratic’ world. In it, we find once again the ‘classic’ father-mother-son triangle: Agamemnon, the former leader of a totalitarian state that has become a liberal democracy; Clytemnestra, a woman concerned with household and extramarital affairs; and Orestes, a young man looking for an identity of his own. In the middle of this triangle stands Cassandra, a young woman who is kept locked in a room by the father; the mother longs to have her throat cut, while the son wants to “show her the sea”... Just your average family? A collaboration between stage director Nuno M Cardoso and playwright Mickaël de Oliveira, Boris Yeltsin is an incursion, full of black humour and biting irony, into the b-side of domestic life, but also into the spectacle of political discretionarity and its devastating consequences in a world that celebrates moral and economic bankruptcy.

PERFORMANCES

TEATRO ACADÉMICO DE GIL VICENTE (COIMBRA, PT)

 

SÃO LUIZ TEATRO MUNICIPAL (LISBON, PT)

 

TEATRO NACIONAL SÃO JOÃO (PORTO, PT)

Text and dramaturgy: Mickael de Oliveira

Direction: Nuno M Cardoso

Cast: Albano Jerónimo, António Durães, Luísa Cruz and Mafalda Lencastre

Sets: Paulo Capelo Cardoso

Lighting design: José Álvaro Correia

Video: Alexandre Azinheira

Music/Sound: Marco Pereira, Miguel Pereira

Wardrobe: Sara Barbosa

Direction Assistance: Joana Cordoeiro, Mafalda Lencastre

Sets Assistance: Pedro Barbosa

Production: Nelson Vitória

Photography: Inês d'Orey

Co-production: São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Colectivo84 and Cão Danado

© COLECTIVO84

Colectivo84 is a structure sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture/ Direção Geral das Artes.

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