Esther


Choreography 
Diego Vázquez

Set Design 
Diego Vázquez

Costume Design 
Diego Vázquez

Light Design 
Gabriel Pascal

Première 
Laleget Danza, 2005

Dancers 
3

Running Time 
35 min



“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther, The Bible, NIV.)

Diego Vázquez presents a choreographic version of the story of Queen Esther. The performance begins when, during the Persian Empire, King Ahasuerus signs an edict bestowing Haman, head of all the empire’s royal officials, with the right to slay and annihilate the Jews. When Mordecai, cousin and adoptive father of the young queen, finds out about Haman’s plan, he tears off his clothes, dons sackcloth and ashes and goes out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. Mordecai encourages his cousin Esther to go before the king to deliver the Jews from their fate. At that time, any man or woman who approached King Ahasuerus in his inner court without being summoned by the king himself was to be condemned to death. Only if the king were to extend his gold sceptre could the life of those bold enough to enter be spared. Despite this, Esther risks all for her people. She dons her royal robes, enters the inner court of the palace and presents herself before the king. King Ahasuerus not only offers her his sceptre but half of his kingdom too. Esther asks only that he attend the special banquet she has prepared for him and that Haman also is present. During the feast Esther exposes Haman’s plot. Ahasuerus gets up in rage and orders that Haman be hanged and Mardocai be honored in his place. 

In Esther by Diego Vazquez, Mardocai and Haman (Mardocai/Haman) are a single character. This character plays the antagonistic role within the trio. At the end, the solo performed in the King’s chair could be seen to represent the scene of Haman being hanged on the gallows or Mardocai being honored by King Ahasuerus.