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Tramway TV - Ellen Renton: What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked

Tramway TV - Ellen Renton: What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked

Tramway TV - Ellen Renton: What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked


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All ages

Dates and times

Wednesday 24 February 2021
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Watch now until 10 March on the Tramway TV Instagram channel> 

What does it mean to be looked at? What does it mean to look upon your own future? What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked is a contemporary re-imagining in film of an Ancient Greek myth swirling with shame, rage, and power. Told in the languages of poetry, music and dance, this is a story about consequences and their potential immeasurable reach.

Athena doesn’t understand how powerful she truly is, and Tiresias doesn’t understand how his actions might affect others. One brief moment that passes between the two characters blows both these truths open. What Athena Saw When Tiresias Looked retells this myth with contemporary relevance, exploring issues around consent, disability, and gender expectations. 

The film, directed by Douglas Tyrrell Bunge, weaves together poetry by Ellen Renton, an atmospheric soundtrack from Lord of the Isles, and the work of dancers Anu Walters and Douglas Reddan, to create a dynamic account of two young people bound together by their shame, and their mistakes

Commissioned and supported by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Creative Scotland

ACCESS: This film is subtitled
(6 minutes long)

Also available to view on Vimeo>


Tramway TV is an online platform for our arts programme, which features a combination of film, artist conversations, digital performances and online interventions from visual artists and performance makers across Scotland and beyond.

Tramway TV can be accessed on IGTV via our Instagram page. 

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