het TheaterFestival

Elektra Unbound

Luanda Casella / NTGent


Thu 05.09, 20:30


Fri 06.09, 20:30


Sat 07.09, 15:00


Basic tarif €25 / +65 €23,50 / -26 €12,50
Kansentarief €4


DE SINGEL / Rode Zaal


100 min.


English ★★★★ (You need to be able to read and understand English very well) Surtitles: Dutch


Jury quote:
"In her cunning text - full of intertextual nods to literary classics and chat language - Casella integrates sly social criticism about how, in these narcissistic TikTok times, we all exploit our wannabe traumas for attention. Elektra Unbound proves with fervor: repertory is far from being dead!"

Yet another Greek tragedy. Or so we are made to believe. Hunting the part of Elektra, three young auditioners mostly reveal their own problematic sense of self.

Guided by ideas of fame and success, and other full-blown delusions, three auditioners go to a mad extent to get the part of Elektra. In ancient Greek tragedy, Elektra is a girl who wants. She wants to avenge her father’s death and everyone will hear her suffering. Sobbing and cursing, cursing and sobbing: Elektra hardly does anything else. She never leaves the doorway.

Similarly, the three auditioners are trapped in a sensational montage of interviews and improvs. As they interpret iconic scenes from The Oresteia, the full trilogy about Elektra and her dysfunctional family, they start to reveal their disastrous own lives.

Late-bloomer director Lua and her fierce assistant Lucius, who have a troublesome relationship, never arrive at the point of actually staging Elektra. Is their inability the result of the complex relation we all have with tragedy, or is there more at play? 

Inspired by melodrama and social media, Elektra Unbound  switches scenes as if the audience would swipe screens. Anything to keep the discomfort on stage easily digestible.



"Oneerbiedig, vreselijk intelligent en gruwelijk grappig"



Players: Abigail Gypens, Bavo Buys, Emma Van Ammel, Luanda Casella, Lucius Romeo-Fromm
Text: Luanda Casella
Translation & surtitles: Werkhuis
Direction: Luanda Casella
Dramaturgy: Joline Vermeulen
Music composition: Pablo Casella
Video design: Pablo Casella
Light design: Dennis Diels
Set design: Shizuka Hariu
Costume design: Jo De Visscher
Acting coaching: Jan Steen
Choreography & movement coaching: Lucius Romeo-Fromm
Production: NTGent
Coproduction: DE SINGEL, HAU Hebbel am Ufer