The shadow of Oedipus still hovers over the world
A contemporary retelling of the myth of Oedipus, Sang inserts us into a family triangle rocked by the horrors of Augusto Pinochet’s regime. Explosive and dazzling, powerfully entrenched in reality, the tale shifts between the personal and the political in a unique stage dynamic reminiscent of a boxing match.
Éric and Rosa Sabato have rebuilt their lives in Paris—he as a psychoanalyst, she as a journalist. But they are still marked by the forced abandonment of their only son and the torture they endured in Chile. The arrival of a young man shakes everything up … Exploring the unconscious springs of desire and the violent impulses smouldering in intimate circles, this remorseless tragedy delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche. The shadow of Oedipus, with his blind and incestuous appetite, still hovers over the world.
The pre-recorded performance of Sang will be broadcast online from March 25 to 30, 2021 on the SCENO.TV webcasting platform. The show will be available for rental for 48 hours.
While Swedish author Lars Norén’s words and silences evoke icy landscapes streaked with violent flashes, Brigitte Haentjens’ direction underlines the dynamics and tensions between the characters by anchoring them in the bodies of the performers. After the monologue Le 20 novembre, premiered in 2011 and presented at the NAC in 2013, French Theatre’s artistic director tackles Norén’s acidic humour and incisive language a second time.
Lars Norén passed away on January 26, 2021 at the age of 76 years as a result of COVID-19. Lars Norén is represented by L’Arche, agence théâtrale. The play Sang (translated by René Zahnd) is published by L’Arche Éditeur: www.arche-editeur.com
This performance was recorded on Feburary 5, 2020 at Usine C in Montreal before health and safety guidelines were in effect.