“Eu vos liberto” (‘I set you free’) is based on Euripides’ play ‘Hippolytus’ – considered humanity’s first sex tragedy, which examines sexual taboo, fear of the female and misogynistic contempt.

Seemingly polar opposites, the play’s characters are aspects of the same, fatally linked through hubris and illusory power.

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Aphrodite punishes the celibate prince Hippolytus, a devout worshipper of Artemis, bringing about his death through the very sex that he has scorned, by casting a spell on Queen Phaedra to fall in love with him, her stepson.

The nurse, nameless but all pervasive, learns her secret and brings it to Hippolytus, who reacts with savage misogynistic ferocity.

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CRITICS' CHOICE Folha de São Paulo "Illustrada" BEST PLAY

"Ravishing imagery in a fusion of dance, theatre"

"Zikzira's re-examination of Euripides' classic tragedy Hippolytus, through spheres of light and darkness - is quintessentially contemporary."

“Eu vos liberto” was performed in a derelict building, an ‘abandoned palace’. Reflective pools of dark water surround the stage ‘islands’, forging a gulf between the cast and the audience and creating mirror images as the tragedy unfolds. High above the stage, suspended on a bridge, a counter-tenor expresses the chorus’ and protagonists’ consciousness.

Zikzira examines the play’s archetypical mechanisms its underlying themes of forgiveness and transcendence. The characters are discarnate; dream-like, in state of limbo, they are etheric imprints of their carnal counterparts, bound to their destinies.

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In the final act, dismembered and broken, Hippolytus returns for a final encounter with his father, King Theseus. In a moment of sudden reversal, Hippolytus forgives his father, his executioner: “I am your son and hers. I set you free.”

The roles of the King Theseus and Hippolytus are played by one actor – suggesting that the figure of Theseus represents the repressed violent counterpart buried in Hippolytus’ psyche.

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“Eu vos liberto”, premiered in a Brazilian 19th century disused factory and featured an award-winning international cast of dancers and actors; the lighting design was devised by Brazil’s most highly regarded lighting designer, Guilherme Bonfanti; the original soundtrack was created by pioneering composer, The Hafler Trio, with classical music composed by Rodrigo Firpi.

Cast of four
80 minutes
5.1 surround sound

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Aphrodite, some have called me:
in each of you your reaching, out
toward an other, in Desire. All you
Well know my deep compulsion
in your flesh. I am as necessary in you each, as
any moral aspect of a man.

Look everywhere, end to end of this earth:
I tell you, yield me my due celebration,
I enhance you; rank me some baser nature
you would rise above, I bring you falling.

Hippolytus (Euripides), a version by David Rudkin

Cast & Crew

Nurse: Macarena Campbell Parra
Phaedra: Sung hwa Kim
Chorus: Rodrigo Firpi
Hippolytus/ Theseus: Marçal Costa

Original Soundtrack: The Hafter Trio
Classical music by Rodrigo Firpi
Lighting design: Guilherme Bonfanti
Set design: Orlando Castaño
Costume design: Adalgisa Duque
Make-up: Luiz Rupf
Production Supervisor and Artistic Consultant: Lígia Lippi
Photos: André Semenza
Production Assistants: Washington de Souza, Gilmar Salutriano de Souza
Text adapted by Lourdes Menegale, Fernanda Lippi and André Semenza
Produced by Zikzira Physical Theatre
Choreographed and co-directed by Fernanda Lippi
Make-up: Elizinha Silva
Directed by André Semenza

About Zikzira

Zikzira creates performances and films from an instinctive core, embracing the visual and visceral in a synthesis of art forms. Through risk, desire and organization of chance, the company devises immersive work with layers of meaning. Somatic impulses gives rise to movement; soundscapes, dance and imagery conspiring to form a whole. Through a multi-disciplinary and site-specific approach, the company devises work with poetic resonance unconfined by genre.

“The art of theatre is specifically the art of dreams”
Jean-Louis Barrault

“My body is the intention, my body is the event, my body is the result.
Art is hope, prayer, and the possession of the individual”
Günter Brus

Contact Zikzira

Tel: +44 (0) 795017 4896

Rua Laplace, 18A - Santa Lúcia
CEP: 30.360-390 - Belo Horizonte - MG
Tel: +55 31 3047 6330