The ballet action is based on these quotes from Euripides’ Greek drama Hippolytus:
Aphrodite: I shall punish Hippolytus this very day.
Phaedra & Theseus: Go away now for the gods’ sake and let go my hand.
Hyppolytus: Follow our guardian maid Artemis.
Hyppolytus: My body is pure.
Phaedra & The Nurse: Aphrodite sent Phaedra an unhappy star.
Hyppolytus: The counterfeit coin, woman, to curse the human race.
Phaedra: Passion reaches the boundary of life.
Chorus: Love whose coming is devastation.
Hippolytus: Curse on the whole race of woman.
Phaedra: The strength of my limbs has melted away.
Chorus: Her body seems so wasted, all her strength is gone.
Phaedra & Hippolytus: Terrible is the advent of Aphrodite. The breath of her terror is felt in every land.
The Nurse: Oh, hateful day! This hateful life.
Phaedra: Death must end this torture.
Theseus: My dead wife, whose death is living death to me.
Theseus to Hippolytus: Take Orpheus for your master, dance his crazy rites.
Chorus: Weep for the Queen, tears for her tears.
Theseus: How often Aphrodite shall I in tears remember the wrong that you have done?
Although inspired by the original Greek myth of Phaedra, Flemming Flindt’s interpretation in not a literal translation, but rather a contemporary fable in which Phaedra, ignored by her husband and isolated from her children, turn to Hyppolytus in attempt to find meaning in her life.
Premiere: 18 February 1987, Dallas, Majestic Theatre
Premiere at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre: 12 November 2021, Vladivostok
Running time: 55 minutes
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