The Rape Of The Sabine Women was conceived as allegory based loosely on the ancient myth that follows Romulus? founding of Rome and inspired by Jacques-Louis David?s 1799 painting, Intervention of the Sabine Women. Re-envisioning the myth as a 1960?s period piece with the Romans cast as G-men, the Sabines as butchers? daughters, and the heyday of Rome allegorically implied in an affluent international style summer house, this version is a riff on the original story of abduction and intervention, in which Romulus devises a plan to ensure the future of the empire. While the Roman myth traces the birth of a society, this telling suggests the destruction of a utopia. The intervention of the women is fraught, and the chaos that ensues transforms the designed perfection into nothingness.The video-musical, choreographed by Claudia de Serpa Soares, is conceived in an operatic five act structure. The Rape of the Sabine Women opens in Hydra?s Pergamon Museum, moving to Berlin?s S-Bahn and Tempelhof Airport, Athens? Agora meat market, a classic modern 60?s dream house overlooking the Aegean, and finally, Athens? Herodion Theatre.


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: directed by - eve sussman

: original score - jonathan bepler

: choreography - claudia de serpa soares

: costumes - karen young

: director of sound - daniel teige

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