The Furies: A Laptopera is a retelling of the Greek tragedy Electra. Blending a number of versions of the Electra story including works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Jean Paul Sartre, this retelling explores central questions regarding how communities escape from cycles of violence, the role of guilt and shame in community identity, personal responsibility, how justice interfaces with cycles of violence, and redemption. The artistic medium of the laptop orchestra both serves to recast the traditional instrumental role in a new kind of operatic medium (the “laptopera”) that reimagines the potential of instrument-building to support dramatic elements and character relationships — while simultaneously positing critical questions about technology in our lives presently, both in its promise to help us flourish and in its perils to perpetuate and amplify the existing cycles of violence in our world today.
After the performance, there will be a Q&A discussion with composer Anne Hege and laptop orchestra director Ge Wang about the Furies, its instruments, and artistic process.
(Act III premiered in June 2019 at Bing Concert Hall; check out the video)
Electra: Shauna Fallihee | Orestia: Anne Hege | Clytemnestra: Amy Michelle Foote
Instrument design: Elena Georgieva, Camille Noufi, Anne Hege
Music and Libretto: Anne Hege
Visuals, Laptop Orchestra director: Ge Wang
Choreography and Staging: Catie Cuan
Chorus & Ensemble: Stanford Laptop Orchestra | SideLObe
Stanford Laptop Orchestra | SideLObe
Ge Wang, director