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link below to a playlist of 'The Oresteia' in it's entirety:
Aeschylus' "Choēphoroi" performed in the ancient style--all males under masks with singing voices, music and limited motion.
The National Theatre of Great Britain Oresteia Company in masks by Jenny West. Translated by Tony Harrison.
Chorus (in alphabetical order):
Sean Baker (also Priestess)
Timothy Davies (also Pylates)
Philip Donaghy (also Clytemnestra)
Roger Gartland (also Electra)
James Hayes (also Nurse)
Greg Hicks (also Orestes)
Kenny Ireland (also Apollo)
Alfred Lynch (also Aegisthus)
John Normington (also Cassandra)
Tony Robinson (also Servant)
David Roper (also watchman)
Barrie Rutter (also Herald)
Michael Thomas (also Athena)
Director: Peter Hall
For what happens in the secret chamber or the wilderness, or the grave to which Orestes is exposed, may be some sort of creative agony, some radical humanization of the ruder past, as preparation for the more communual life that awaits the young initiate. Somewhere within him, we may say,his innocence dies and his experience is born, and he must be deeply wounded in the process. "The Libation Bearers" allows us to feel that wounding as only drama can - as an ordeal of recognition. And Orestes' ordeal will carry us through torment towars awareness and renewal and the light.
...He cannot assume his parents' powers unless he accepts their dark pathologies as well. The public trial that concluded Agamemnon has narrowed into the young man's troubled psyche, rendering him the judge and convict both. Standing in his mother's steps, he is the latest victim of the curse.
Yet Orestes is also the consummation of the curse. His father embodies its negative aspect, it's murderousness. Orestes adds the fierce humanity of his mother, and in their relationship the curse may begin to find it's cure. For he, unlike his father, gives his mother what she always needed, worthy opposition. He is endowed with all her gifts, from verbal agility to moral stature--the mother and the son complete each other. Orestes has an Oedipus complex, with a difference.
-- Robert Fagles and W.B Stanford, from their essay "The Serpent and The Eagle"
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