Director, Kfir Azoulai
Translator, Aharon Shabtai
The director's concept in this production of Electra derives from the conviction that revenge cannot bring redemption. Obsessed with revenge for generations, the Atreus family has become victims and murderers chased by demons they themselves created, and prisoners of this obsession for revenge.
The visual language of this production brings out this sense of closure very powerfully, and the internal, circular journey of Electra, which goes back to where it started, is graphically drawn by means of the video projections throughout the production. The production opens with Electra, as a young girl, meeting the body of her father in the same space where years later, as a grown up, she will wait for her brother to come to take revenge of the killing of their father, and it is in that same space where they murder their mother. There Electra sits by the body of her mother as she sat earlier by the body of her father when she was a young girl, wrapt by her father's black coat. The repetitive return to the same space, the black coat of the father with which she wraps herself without letting it go, the snow on the ground which covers the stage throughout the production to represent the freezing of time, bring out the sense that revenge brings no relief, no redemption.
The theatrical space, designed by Polina Adamov, represents the enclosed frozen world of Electra and Orestes, victims of their obsession with revenge with no sense of relief. The palace is a mere narrow and long corridor, with one wall covered by white cold tiles marked by bloody graphiti that reads "Murder for Murder," and a front door that goes up and down like prison bars. The singing of the chorus of women, who are trying to comfort Electra, is interrupted throughout the production by video projections that bring forth the memory of the murder like a relentless trauma from which Electra cannot recover.
The naïve children we see in video at the beginning of the production, have turned into ruthless murderers, with the same lust for revenge which drove their mother and her lover to do their act of murder.