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Les Atrides

Théâtre Du Soleil

Created and conceived by Ariane Mnouchkine for the bare and vaguely churchlike sheds of the Cartoucherie in Paris, the stage for the Les Atrides tetrology was as essential as a ritual space. Directly in front of the audience, and arranged along bleachers, the stage was enclosed on three sides by a low crenelated wall, the wall of an ancient city, a perimeter, but also a line of communication territorially distinct from the central auditorium. From one tragedy to another, radical and unexpectedly contradictory transformations occurred. Mnouchkine arbitrarily provided a prologue for the Aeschylean trilogy (Agamemnon, The Choëphoroe, and The Eumenides) since it was preceded by Euripides’ later work, Iphigenia in Aulis. There are explicit reasons for this revival and for this “impure” use of literary chronology. In order to justify Clytemnestra—unfaithful wife of Agamemnon and his murderess,

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