Ghost Sonata (August Strindberg / Theatre Works)

by Kostis Vozikis

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Original music score for the theatrical play "Ghost Sonata".
Composed and performed by K., Viola performed by Dimitra Kationi
Instruments used: El. guitar, el. bass, ac. guitar, viola, musical saw, daouli, bells, ashtrays, chains, samples.

The Ghost Sonata (Spöksonaten) is a play in three acts by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. It is a key text in the development of modernist drama and a vivid example of a chamber play. In it, Strindberg creates a world in which ghosts walk in bright daylight, a beautiful woman is transformed into a mummy and lives in the closet, and the household cook sucks all the nourishment out of the food before she serves it to her masters.

The Ghost Sonata relates the adventures of a young student, who idealizes the lives of the inhabitants of a stylish apartment building in Stockholm. He makes the acquaintance of the mysterious Jacob Hummel, who helps him to find his way into the apartment, only to find that it is a nest of betrayal and sickness. The world, the student learns, is hell and human beings must suffer to achieve salvation. The play centers on a family of strangers who meet for the sake of meeting. They exchange no dialogue, nor gestures, they simply sit and bask in their own misfortune.

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released December 12, 2012

The play was performed from December 2012 to February 2013 at ORA theatre (studio ΟΡΑ), Thessaloniki.
Director, translator: Damianos Konstadinides
Custom, light design: Apostolos Apostolidis
Stage design: Jean-Michel Perrenoud
Music: Kostis Vozikis
Make up artist: Melina Glantzi
Assistant director: Antigoni Barba
Custom design assistant: Dido Gogou

Casting:
Jacob Hummel: Anastasis Roilos
The Student: Kostis Rabavilas
The Mummy, the colonel's daughter: Anastasia Mirosnitsenko
The Colonel: Petros Papazisis
Bengtsson, the cook, Superintendent: Despoina Koltsidopoulou
The Milkmaid: Antigoni Barba
The Dead Man: Giorgos Sofikitis
The Lady in Black, The Fiancée: Stergianna Tzegka
Johansson: Nikos Polozianis

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A collective led by K. and comprised of greek talented musicians, 2L8 is a bold project that has come to be categorized by their radical stylistic shifts between albums, while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and distinct sonic accents and textures. Their music is rewarding, challenging and lurches deftly between emotional intimacy, ambition and uncompromising experimentation. ... more

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