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Sparagmos

18-02-2015 11:51

A musical double-bill of Poliziano's Orfeo and Euripides’ The Bacchae

Location: Exeter College Chapel

Date: Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th of February

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £3 concessions, limited FREE tickets for state schools 

 

To the mountains Bacchus leads us,

Leads the hunt for meat that’s raw

Tearing goats apart he feeds us

Tasting blood we ask for more…

In the Underworld, a man pleads for the return of his wife to the living. In Thebes, a king is ruined by the retribution of a slighted god. The Maenads grin, the bloody link between the two. And we watch.

A musical double-bill of Poliziano's Orfeo and Euripides’ The Bacchae, paired for the first time in new translation by David Maskell, following a triumphant performance of Orfeo in 2014. This double-bill is not for the tender-hearted. 

Sparagmos is the act of tearing, rending, dismemberment - and bringing matter(s) to a suitably Dionysian end. 

** part of the Turl Street Festival http://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/node/1570

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