LES BACCHANTES EURIPIDE PDF

As I have not read the original play by Euripides, I can only comment by comparing this version to Soyinkas work in general. What is familiar here are the elements of Greek tragedy, but not so much to forget that this is a rather unusual take with some characteristic Soyinka added to it. In the play, the messiah factor is really strong with Dionysos claiming to be a god and having the power to exhibit his claims. The king and his cousin, Pentheus, wants him arrested for sedition. But Dionysos is a powerful orator, like all successful prophets, his preaching, and his skills of persuasion sway all except Pentheus. Let the city know at once Pentheus is here to give back order and sanity.

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As I have not read the original play by Euripides, I can only comment by comparing this version to Soyinkas work in general. What is familiar here are the elements of Greek tragedy, but not so much to forget that this is a rather unusual take with some characteristic Soyinka added to it.

In the play, the messiah factor is really strong with Dionysos claiming to be a god and having the power to exhibit his claims. The king and his cousin, Pentheus, wants him arrested for sedition. But Dionysos is a powerful orator, like all successful prophets, his preaching, and his skills of persuasion sway all except Pentheus.

Let the city know at once Pentheus is here to give back order and sanity. To think those reports which came to us abroad are true! Not padded or strained. Disgustingly true in detail.

If anything reality beggars the report. And what happens? Behind me—chaos! The city in uproar. And tell it to the women especially, those Promiscuous bearers of this new disease.

While this disbeliever grasps with the reality around him, he finally succeeds in having his guards bring Dionysos in chains in front of him. Pentheus questions Dionysos to trap him with logic, but true to form, Dionysus responds with riddles. To others there are no secrets for Their minds are open. If there were no shameful acts in this New worship, you would hardly wait to speak.

And in this worship all, even you Pentheus May enter into the Mysteries. Your answers are designed To make me curious.

Tell me this at least What benefits do the initiatives derive, The followers of this god? But they are Well worth knowing. You think to play on my curiosity. Like other Soyinka plays, however, this one does not shy away from his stage directions of frenzy and dance on the stage.

With drums and movement so paramount, it is once again worth repeating as in my other reviews that Soyinka is really for the stage and not for textual analysis. The wine-girl is almost never away from the bridegroom.

The performing dancers resume their jigs. The bridegroom drinks. The bride transfers to and fro between devastating glares at the wine-girl and loving smirks at her groom. Her groom drinks more and more.

Suddenly he leaps up, brushing aside the restraining arm of his bestman, he strides among the dancers, stops the musicians and gives them instructions.

He begins to dance. Already, a transformation has commenced. The music quickens. He stops, flings off his mask and garments. Underneath, the Dionysian fawn-skin.

The bridal group registers predictable shock at the scantiness. In it, he instructs what not to do more forcefully rather than the more effective what to actually do only. And the juxtapositions might be at best considered snobbish, but they do seem to show the direction he does not want this play to take. The scene which follows needs the following quality: extracting the emotional color and temperature of a European pop scene without degenerating into that tawdry commercial manipulation of teenage mindlessness.

The lines are chanted not sung, to musical accompaniment. The Slave Leader is not a gyrating pop drip. His control emanates from the self-contained force of his person, a progressively deepening spiritual presence. His style is based on the lilt and energy of the black hot gospellers who themselves are often first to become physically possessed. The effect on his crowd is however, the same—physically—as would be seen in a teenage pop audience.

From orgasmic moans the surrogate climax is achieved. I would say that the play is well-constructed and entertaining but does not really introduce anything new. The Moses-Pharaoh image and the arch of a Greek tragedy are too prominent to overlook.

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