Molora: Based on the Oresteia by Aeschylus
In this reworking of Aeschylus' Oresteia, Klytemnestra and Elektra face one another in a dramatic confrontation. Attempts to come to terms with their violent past echo testimonies delivered in Apartheid's wake throughout South Africa during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Aeschylus' chorus is replaced by Xhosa tribeswomen, who bring grace and humanity through their ancient art of split tone singing.
Molora (the Sesotho word for 'ash') is an examination of vengeance, and the breaking of its cycles by the everyman.
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Adapted from Electra Aeschylus Agamemnon LM ancient Apartheid ashes audience Ayesthus blanket blood blood for blood boots brother Orestes child CHORUS move CHORUS of WOMEN CHORUS plays curse dances dark daughter dead earthen floor Electra Euripides Electra Sophocles ELEKTRA and ORESTES ELEKTRA pulls face Father that begot father's grave FORGET MY ANCESTOR Friction Drum grabs Hamba hand hear heart House of Atreus husband Jew's Harp justice kill KLYTEMNESTRA and ELEKTRA KLYTEMNESTRA stands KLYTEMNESTRA turns Libation Bearers IJ loved Makubenjalo Mama microphone Milking I Friction Molora mother murder Mvotyo Ngqoko Cultural Group night NOSOMETHING Oresteia plastic platform rage Reconciliation Commission returns revenge seated Sesotho sjambok softly song Source unknown South Africa speak takes Testimony Table theatre tonight traditional Transkei Truth and Reconciliation ubuntu UHADI Calabash Bow UMNGQOKOLO Split-Tone Singing Ungalibali Tata ungalibali Thongo lam vengeance walks weeping wena WOMAN Yael Farber yakho Zinyanya