Workshop with ensemble recherche
First phase of the ensemble's 2020/21 KlassenArbeit project.
The Styx - a film opera
text by Katie Byford
funded by Arts Council England
partnered with The Writing Squad, PTSD UK
Athanasia is currently co-producing a 15-minute film opera/ musical artist film with award-winning poet/filmmaker Katie Byford.
Katie's specially commissioned text, follows a woman in her therapist's office, undergoing EMDR therapy to overcome PTSD from sexual assault. The therapy induces a dream state, and the patient receives imagined spiritual guidance from ancient Greek Goddess Persephone, herself a survivor of sexual violence.
The music is scored for female voice, violoncello and clarinet. Helene Mathiesen sings and will act in the film, which will be directed by Katie, and co-directed by Athanasia. Helene will also co-produce the film.
The Styx has secured an Arts Council England grant, which has helped fund the development of the script and the writing and recording of the film’s score.
The Styx owes a deep debt of gratitude to its co-partners, The Writing Squad Official, Medusa Collective, and PTSD UK.