Disintergration at Hydra, Photographer Ricoh Gerbl 2005

Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation

Hydra-Roza Reaches, Photographer Bobby Neel Adams 2005

Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation

The Rape of the Sabine Women

Developed through improvisation, The Rape of the Sabine Women is a re-interpretation of the Roman myth, updated and set in the idealistic 1960’s. Filmed with a cast of hundreds, and shot on location in Athens and Hydra, Greece, and in Berlin, Germany, this eighty-minute video was directed by Eve Sussman with an original Score by Jonathan Bepler, choreography by Claudie De Serpa Soares, and costumes by Karen Young. 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. With this improvised dramatization, Sussman follows her lauded video 89 seconds at Alcazar—unveiled at the 2004 Whitney Biennial and based on Diego Velasquez’s Las Meninas—in bringing yet another iconic painting to life. Forgoing the compromise of the original, this unique re-imagining pits mid-twentieth century ideals against the eternal themes of power, longing, and desire. The modern process piece—a product of 140 hours of video footage—features distinct pieces of music composed by Jonathan Bepler, recorded live on site and incorporating a bouzouki ensemble, a Pergamon coughing choir, and a chorus of 800 voices. 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.

Act I Romulus An Old Gaurd An Idea Controllers Coughing Choir
Act II A Mirage A Convention Men with Taps Bouzoukis Act III An Intolerable Loneliness A Mission Abductions The Rape
Act IV Better Homes and Gardens The Kids Women Dance A Triangle
Act V A Day Out A Chorus A Fight The Intervention of the Sabine Women

Eve Sussman &
The Rufus Corporation
Original Score
Jonathan Bepler
Claudia de Serpa Soares
Karen Young
Director of Photography
Sergei Franklin
Popi Alkouli-Troianou
Fergus Baumann
Kostas Beveratos
Nesbitt Blaisdell
Marilisa Chronea
Stergios Ioannou
Grayson Millwood
Katarina Oikonomopoulou
Helen Pickett
Annette Previti
Rosa Prodromou
Walter Sipser
Antonis Spinoulas
Christos Syrmakezis
Sotiris Tsakomidis
Jeff Wood
Sofie Zamchick
Zack Zamchick
Geoff Gersh
Eric Hubel
Algis Antanas Kizys
Scott Moore
Bradford Reed
Craig Rodriguez
Special Guests
Themis Bazaka
Savina Yannatou

Executive Producer: Eve Sussman, Producers: Catherine Mahoney-New York, Ioannis Savvidis-Athens, Wassily Zygouris-Berlin, Associate Producers: Joel Beck, Christian Viveros-Fuaune, Independent Consultant: Cheryl Kaplan, 1st AC: Tony Ponti, 1st AD-Athens: Vassilis Panagiotakopoulos, Sound Engineer: Daniel Teige, Audio Technicians: Florian Kühnle, Markus Stemler, Documentary Cinematography: Angela Christlieb, Jeff Blauvelt, 2nd AC-Athens: Georgios Metaxas, 2nd ADs-Athens: Costas Levantis, Dmitris Prifitis, 1st Costume Assistant: Chandi Lancaster, 2nd Costume Assistant: Maria Voikou, Production Coordinators-Athens: Vassiliki Kyriakou, Simon Lee, Light: Evin Lowe, Gaffer-Athens: Babis Kalntermitzis, Key Grip-Athens: Nektarios Souldakis, Hair Stylist-Athens: Stella Soulele, Make-up-Athens: Ioanna Marmataki, 1st AD-Berlin: Tonia Budelmann, Production Coordinator-Berlin: Tobias Brand, Gaffer-Berlin: Sven Klages, Technical Consultant: Georg Bugiel

Raptus is a Rufus Corporation production generously funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds-Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof-Berlin, the J F Costopoulos Foundation-Athens, Richard Massey, Ninah and Michael Lynne and Roebling Hall Gallery-New York. Additional co-production support has been provided by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University-North Carolina, Arario Gallery-Seoul, Korea and the New York State Council on the Arts. Corporate sponsorship has been provided by: Panavision-London, HD Cinema, Ordino Casting Services-Greece, Microtek Gefell-Germany, Apple Computer Inc, DuArt Film & Video, LaCie USA, Sony Professional Media, Dreamhire LLC., Tekserve, Coca-Cola-Hellenic Bottling Company, Merc Clothing-London and MAC Cosmetics.