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LA NAVE ARGO COMES BACK TO THE AUDITORIUM WITH THE BACCHAE BY EURIPIDES

La Nave Argo
Bacchae Auditorium
The Bacchae by Euripides
Directed by: Carlos Aragüez, Marién Navarro, Fernando Nicolás.
Starring: Melvin Moreno, Pablo Ros, Lluc Francés, Rubén Ordániz, Juan Carlos Verdú, Diana Leal.
Performed on 27th February 2014 at 12 am.
Place: Auditorium (Paraninfo).

LA NAVE ARGO COMES BACK TO THE AUDITORIUM WITH THE BACCHAE BY EURIPIDES

A review of Davide Mombelli

The young crew of La Nave Argo, a classical theatre company from the Inmaculada Jesuitas School in Alicante, moors again in the Auditorium with another amazing tragedy by Euripides: the Bacchae (last year they stopped in the campus with Medea). Seeing the Auditorium full to the brim with a public that is also very young produces a pleasant sensation, especially when you know that the reason for this crowded meeting is to enjoy a classical drama, maybe one of the most moving of Greek antiquity, and not the concert of some prepubescent, transgressive pop star.

The Bacchae, first performed in 406 B.C., dramatizes the theomachy of a “new” God, Dionysus, whose worship was not well looked upon in the Thebes of Cadmus and Pentheus. The punishment for not treating this barbarian character as a divinity will be terrible: Agave, with an entourage of maenads possessed by a Bacchic ecstasy, will kill her own son, King Pentheus. The play is based on the conflict between right and wrong, serenity and elation. In this tragedy, Nietzsche saw the paradigm of the tension between the Dionysian unleashing and the Apollineous moderation, dialectics from which all kind of art will emerge.

So the boys and girls from La Nave Argo had to face the challenge of giving body and soul to deeply tragical characters, and the result was a great success. It should be highlighted the staging, essential while very graphic (a central altar adorned with a bull’s skull) and the dynamic, unceasing movement of the chorus, which breaks the limits of the stage. Several times it blends together with the audience, for example in the parodos, when the Bacchae, given over to the Dionysian frenzy, run along the aisles of the stalls dancing and screaming and causing a very suggestive uproar (the confusion and the shouting from the young public considerably helped to create this effect). Marién Navarro did a good job with the costumes, emphasizing the simplicity and the elegance rather than the archaeological precision. However, the faithfulness to the original text is highly rigorous: Fernando Nicolás, the director, takes some isolated licenses, like the representation of Pentheus’ violent assassination while the messenger tells the event, gruesome scene that in the original staging was usually hidden behind the Skene.

In terms of the acting, the members of la Nave Argo (bear in mind that all of them are very young and amateur) got by with dignity. Should a name be highlighted, it would be Agave, played by Lluc Francés, who knows how to manage with the sudden psychological and emotional changes of her character. And should a reproach be made, is a shame that Juan Carlos Verdú (Teiresias) had been given such a small role, because in the few minutes he was on stage, he controlled perfectly the diction and the corporal expression.

The courage of these youngsters is worthy of praise and respect. And so, la Nave Argo continues its journey on the “stormy sea” of the biggest classical tragedies. And we stay here, in the San Vicente shores, waiting for its return as soon as possible with more tragic stories to perform.

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