New York Live Arts 50 & Change Commission
Art world provocateur Ann Liv Young catapults her radical version of Sophocles’ Elektra to the stage in her first American commission since 2008. Young’s Elektra is volatile, authentic, honest, compassionate, steadfast and tragic. Created in collaboration with Annie Dorsen, the epic evening begins with her potent and corporeal vision of Sophocles’ story of a family steeped in murder, revenge, and deception - Young plays the title role with an intrepid cast of performers (including her 8-year-old daughter, Lovey), cycling through versions of the text splintered by pop songs and sequences of bold, jarring movement. A lush intermission features performances by a special musical guest from Norway, drowning the theater and inviting a visit to the lobby bar. The evening rages on with Young’s critically acclaimed, rough and tumble Elektra Cabaret. Exploring the fine line between following the social flow and being a responsible and decisive agent, Elektra wants everyone to question, to pay attention, and to break free from the yoke of social norms and act as an engaged individual.
This performance contains adult content.
Jan 21 Post Show Discussion with Annie Dorsen.
Jan 31, 2-4pm, Shared Practice: Sherapy, $20.
Elektra is commissioned by New York Live Arts for its 50 & Change Commission series with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Elektra is a co-production of steirischer herbst Festival (Graz, Austria) and Gessnerallee Zurich (Switzerland).
Produced by Alexandra Rosenberg/Rosie Management and Ann Liv Young co.
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