THE LITTLE GIRL IN THE DARK FOREST
Η Μικρή μέσα στο Σκοτεινό Δάσος
Text: Philippe Minyana
Translation: Dimitra Kondylaki
Direction: Pantelis Dentakis
“The Little Girl in the Dark Forest” of the French writer Philippe Minyana is an adaptation of the myth ‘Procne and Philomela’ deriving from ‘Metamorphoses’ by Ovid.
A multimedia play; a synthesis of theatre, microsculpture, video-art, cinematography and music under the direction of Pantelis Dentakis.
Minyana creates a harsh text, which moves between narration and theatrical action, creating a world of arrogance, distortion, vulgarity and revenge. The characters enter a tragic cycle of blood, which will close only when they are completely crushed. The story unfolds in an obscure setting, where monstrous instincts hide even behind the innocence of childhood. Morbidity gives rise to even more morbidity, violence rages for punishment, crimes are faced with the most heinous act. However, Minyana – faithful to Ovid’s myth – gives his characters a ‘second chance’ in the finale; transformed into birds, they are liberated and redeemed from human fate, thus the play ends with the hope of a new, immaculate life.