Artist William Kentridge Puts on a Show:: Return of Ulysses Opera with Puppets!

10 Mar

Not only can you see the amazing work of William Kentridge on display at the Henry Art Museum, but right now in Seattle, you also have the rare opportunity of witnessing his amazing production of The Return of Ulysses! Here are some of the details, but for more info, visit the Henry Art Museum, or check out Pacific Opera Works!
A superb tale is always worth the retelling. A story from the bedrock of our culture, Homer’s Odyssey, was brought to vivid life again by Claudio Monteverdi in Venice in 1640, focusing the action on Ulysses’ return to Ithaca after his “Odyssey” of more than 20 years. Aided by the goddess Minerva and disguised as an old beggar, he reveals his true identity and power as he routs the unwelcome suitors who have plundered his home and wooed his long-suffering wife, Penelope.

Monteverdi’s masterful wedding of words with music of unique expessive exactness gave birth to one of the seminal masterpieces of opera. Now, South African artist William Kentridge recreates the story for our time: placing the dying Ulysses in a hospital ward in modern Johannesburg, and using his inimitable video graphics and life-sized puppets to add a fascinating visual world to Homer’s epic and Monteverdi’s music, he brings us into direct contact with the power of myth.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles.

The Moore Theatreulysses
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle WA 98107
Map and directions

March 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2009
All performances at 7:30 pm


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