Singapore International Festival of Arts

Slow, spare yet superb

Director Tadashi Suzuki presents Greek playwright Euripides' 2,000-year-old work as a series of dynamic tableaus.
Director Tadashi Suzuki presents Greek playwright Euripides' 2,000-year-old work as a series of dynamic tableaus.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

Can you tell a story without language? Dionysus plays with this idea, among many others, while presenting a literal Babel's tower of languages.

Cadmus (a mournfully stately Jamaluddin Latif) speaks in Javanese. King Pentheus (Tian Chong), his grandson, responds in colloquial Mandarin, while Agave (Naito Chieko), Pentheus' mother, intones in singsong Japanese.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Slow, spare yet superb'. Print Edition | Subscribe