HIPPOLYTUS by Euripides
- Monday, July 8
- Wednesday, July 10
- Performances start at:
Maltravieso Teatro and La Almena Producciones, in collaboration with the Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival, present Euripides’ Hippolytus directed by Emilio del Valle.
In Hippolytus, a tragedy with philosophical, religious and existential quests, Euripides sets up a masterful trap, escalating into the tragic, where the Gods play a key role, leading humans in a disastrous conspiracy of silence, in inevitable error, in punishment but also in forgiveness.
The Spanish production, which was presented last summer at the 64th Mérida Festival and received great praise, attempts to recompose the first tragedy written by Euripides, Hippolytus Veiled, based on the surviving Hippolytus Garland-Bearer.
With Phaedra and her stepson Hippolytus, as the two main characters, Euripides weaves up a tragedy that presents the dilemmas between passion and logic, lawless love, oestrus and its tragic consequences.
WITH ENGLISH AND GREEK SURTITLES
The performance is suitable for spectators over 16 years old
Isidro Timón, Emilio del Valle
Emilio del Valle
- Set design:
Isidro Timón, Emilio del Valle
- Costume design:
María de Melo
Álvaro Rodríguez Barroso
- Lighting design:
José Manuel Guerra
- Sound design:
- Hair/Make-up design:
- Director’s Assistants:
Jorge Muñoz, Gustavo del Río
- Production Managers:
Isidro Timón, Luis S. Molina
- Technical Direction:
La Almena Producciones, Maltravieso Teatro
- Production Team:
Clara Barquilla, Ana Mos, Jesús Pablos Castañeda, Esther Sáenz
José A. Lucia
- Assistant of Theseus/ Hunter:
- Women of Troezen:
- Musician on stage:
Euripides writes about the myth of Hippolytus on two occasions. The first work, Hippolytus Veiled, scandalizes the Athenian spectators with a very sensual and sexual proposal, in which Phaedra does not hide her desire for Hippolytus, her stepson, and the latter covers his face with a veil embarrassed by his stepmother’s words. Later, encouraged by the success of his contemporary Sophocles’ Phaedra, he rewrites Hippolytus, a much craftier proposal more in line with the taste of the times.
Hippolytus is a contemporary classic, extremely interesting to us nowadays. The confrontation between the love Phaedra feels for Hippolytus will lead her to suicide driven by Hippolytus’ intolerance and what will people say. The defeat of a woman embarrassed for loving, as opposed to the intolerance of a man who says “I wish all you women would die”, clearly expresses the man-woman struggle, in which the woman is always at a disadvantage. Common sense is provided by the nurse, a woman representing unconditional love, and who could not be further away from those goddesses whose sons and daughters’ happiness matters much less than the dispute they hold between one another to prove which of the two is more powerful.
In our proposal tragedy falls on Phaedra. She cannot resist loving Hippolytus. She assumes her tragic mistake and commits suicide. Taking a look at the titles of the dramas by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, we will come to the conclusion they are all either collective (Persians, Trojan Women etc), or individual (Oedipus, Medea etc) heroes/heroines. The version written by Isidro Timón and I, was inspired by the two compositions by Euripides, the failed and the successful versions, bearing in mind Sophocles’ Phaedra and rationalizing the passionate, emotional and sexual relationship between a man and a woman who, beyond their social relationship, stepmother-stepson, were two young people of similar ages. Always from the immense respect inspired by an author who has been able to withstand the test of time so well.
Emilio del Valle
Maltravieso Teatro was established in 2015 by Amelia David and Isidro Timón, two professionals with extensive training and experience in various fields of the performing arts in the Extremadura but also the Spanish theatrical scene. Since then, it has staged four productions: La inauguración (Unveiling) by Václav Havel, Vis a Vis by Isidro Timón, El desván de nunca jamás (The Neverland Attic) by Isidro Timón and Hippolytus by Euripides adapted by Emilio del Valle and Isidro Timón. Maltravieso Teatro proposes adaptations of both classical and contemporary plays.
LA ALMENA PRODUCCIONES
Luis S. Molina, an actor and producer, is the head of La Almena Producciones, a production company that has worked with advertising agencies and film producers for the provision of audio-visual media services as well as an executive producer. It has also worked with many municipalities for the production and organisation of various events. It is a producer and co-producer of more than 20 stage productions including Hippolytus.