Ballet & Dance

Argos Zaka no Shiroi Ie from Clytemnestra
2007/2008 SEASON PLAY
10th Anniversary Festival

"Three Tragedies" Vol.1
Argos Zaka no Shiroi Ie
from Clytemnestra


Written by : Kawamura Takeshi
Directed by : Uyama Hitoshi
Artistic Director : Uyama Hitoshi
Produced by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

Sakuma Yoshiko, Kojima Hijiri, Ri-Tang, Yamada Rina, Shinozaki Haruku,
Isobe Tsutomu, Arizono Yoshiki, Yamanaka Takashi, Matsumoto Hiroyuki, Nakamura Akio, Ishida Keisuke, Kobayashi Katsuya

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Doors will open 30minutes before the opening of the performance.

  Available from Saturday 21 July, 2007 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
*Seat Z(¥1,500): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations.
*Same day student tickets (50% off, except Seat Z): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID.

Infidelity, a husband’s murder, matricide—it’s a family affair, a special blend of love and hate.
The tragedy of the house of Atreus, a masterpiece of more than two millennia ago, so compellingly depicts the fateful acts of which human beings are capable that it has continued to be performed in many styles and versions down to the present day. By focusing on the character of Clytemnestra as woman, wife, and mother, the present work presents this age-old story in contemporary guise, creating a modern Greek tragedy intended to shed light on the nature of present-day society. Written by Kawamura Takeshi, who has acquired a reputation for his bold and meticulously structured work, it will be directed by Uyama Hitoshi, recently appointed as the artistic director for drama of the New National Theatre,Tokyo. We moderns, though we may have almost lost touch with the gods, still resonate with this tale of the universal passions acted out by the ancient Greeks and their deities, and will pass it on to later generations… Expect both old and new, ancient and modern, in this version of Greek tragedy.


In the Greek myth recounted in Euripedes's Electra, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murder her husband Agamemnon, inciting her children Orestes and Electra to revenge. Argos Zaka no Shiroi Ie updates the tale to modern-day Japan, where an actress, film director, screenwriter, and emerging author live as a troubled family in the house of the title. Euripides drops in for a scene to consult with the playwright, as the themes of ancient Greek tragedy reverberate again in the world of today—and as the audience waits in suspense to learn the fate of the mother whose children are plotting to kill her.

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