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Silenzio! Silenzio!

Ιn Romeo Castellucci's Oresteia, the Coryphaeus, dressed as the White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, mourns his king, turning the stage into a pool of tears. From Aeschylus to Carroll, the Rabbit-Coryphaeus passes smoothly from Greek tragedy to the sphere of childhood, yet the words he utters sound equally tragic to our ears: «She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great disappointment it was empty». In the Coryphaeus' thoughts, the characters of Iphigeneia and Alice are blended together, and are connected through the tragic fate of a sudden abduction. The Rabbit-Coryphaeus is a runaway from Carroll's world, who recites the wrong text within Aeschylus universe. Gradually, the discourse disintegrates and sinks into silence. So do we, the silent spectators. Silenzio! Silenzio!


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