A commissioned hour long video for stage work, LYSISTRATA/X is a postmodern adaptation for stage and video based on Aristophane’s play Lysistrata.
The original play tells the story of Lysistrata and the women of Greece who went on a sex strike against their men until they ended the Peloponnesian War. In LYSISTRATA/X we find ourselves in a digital-neon world, following the Lysistratian Revolution which didn’t end with the peace treaty, in fact it developed and grew ever more extreme. The world is now ruled entirely by women, men are of functional use only.
At the head of the new revolution stands LYSISTRATA/X, a distant echo of the original gender-warrior, who has evolved into a hybrid technological form. The women who live in this tech absorbed world, structure their lives through pagan and digital rites, practicing ancient female traditions alongside their new female rites.
Yet even in this dystopian reality there still exists the battle of the individual against the collective consciousness and her attempt to maintain freedom and independent thinking.
The performance is produced by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in cooperation with the Department of Theatre Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Creator, director and choreographer: Emanuella Amichai
Video, sound & stage design: Ran Slavin
Gina Ben David
Shani Ben Haim
Yishay Ben Moshe
Dramaturgy – Emanuella Amichai & Nitzan Cohen
Sound concept – Emanuella Amichai & Ran Slavin
Producer & light design – Ofer Lachish
Props- Micol Pietra
Costume design – Roni Yaniv
Barn owl footage by Sam and Simon
Post production and editing: Ran Slavin