05 January, 2008

Aeschulus' Prometheus Bound 《普羅米修斯之縛》

World Première of new adaptation

by The National Theatre of Greece




http://www.medifestival.gov.hk/en/prog/greece.html


Watched on 3rd Nov 2007 at City Hall, Hong Kong.

Greek Tragedy is a myth in itself: we've heard about it or even were taught a few things about it as part of our education. However, I dare say not many people have ever watched it performed, by the Greeks. So, how could I let go of this golden opportunity of experiencing the great art form performed by it's own people! My journey started by the last minute search of a summary of the play's plot on the internet, followed by a rush to the nearest library in the hope of doing some last minute reading. Then, having arrived early at the City Hall, I helped myself with the bonus of wandering into the showcase of the costumes of the National Theatre of Greece. They're fascinating: the design may seem modest for the stage at the first sight, but the mixture of fabrics are so interesting, which carries an organic touch -- you can almost smell the Greek soil from which the materials have grown. They also have a most convincing message about the human condition a few thousands years ago when the great Greek tragedies were written, that the human beings had tamed nature not long ago and the connection between the two was still strong. Natural materials were made use of, but still largely retaining their forms. Human ranks were established, but the differences of the dress of a queen or a maid may only be in their colour or subtle details, and surely sharing the same origin: mother earth. The king's crown may be just a piece of beautifully embroidered head wear made of the same linen as the rob, instead of hard metallic one forced artificially by the human will. And finally, the play. From the poster, one can already be prepared for a clean, minimal style of stage presentation. With good reasons, of course. Minimalism is very effective in removing unnecessary distraction, so that an event which allegedly has happened thousands of years ago really 'talk' to us now, transcending time. The bound is cleverly handled and the chorus are very specially arranged: chilling and touching. As I couldn't get hold of an English or even Chinese translation of the play, I was depending on the subtitles at the two sides of the stage. The Chinese version is elegant and to the point. It's the product of the Translation Centre of the Baptist University. The audience was very lucky because there were long monologues in the play with not much movement on the stage. (Well, our hero is bound up there, what does one expect? :p ) I'm pleased with this late first encounter of performance of Greek tragedy by the Greeks and I think that all students should get sponsored for seeing a Greek play on stage, instead of just reading about it in books.



书名:60部外国经典戏剧精粹
ISBN:7-201-03075-2
作者:崔宝衡 主编
出版社:天津 : 天津人民出版社
年份:1998
页数和开本:427页 ; 20cm

Location: TSW Public Library

既然是抱著朝聖的心去看這一齣希臘悲劇,我在開場前的數小時終於在天水圍圖書館內找到了這一本載有這個劇目的書。本書把每、部劇都按其章節作濃縮處理,讀者可以在很短的時間內了解整個劇情,而且能從中一窺原著精粹,絕對是名副其實,是一本難得的既可靠又耐讀的好書。我當然很想知道普羅米修斯所預言的平反是怎麽一回事,原來由雪萊所寫的平反終極編也收錄於本書中,看罷總算為英雄鬆了一口氣。

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