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Illustration: Hannah Göppel, Silke Herwig

Die Orestie
by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
based on Aischylos

Drama
German with English surtitles

“A heaven-detested house, whose walls of yore / Halters have seen, and streams of kindred gore; / A human shambles with blood-reeking floor.”

The Oresteia by Aeschylus consists of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides. It’s the oldest trilogy of tragedies that’s survived to the present day, and was created shortly after the political upheaval in Athens that led to the first democratic state in the history of the world. Agamemnon, commander of the Greek army in the Trojan war, returns home after many years, having sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to win the support of the gods, and is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. Her son Orestes atones for this by killing his mother. The cycle of murder and revenge finally leads to a trial with a jury of Athenian citizens and ends with an acquittal through divine intervention.

“The rest I speak not; o'er my tongue hath passed / An ox with heavy tread: the house itself, / Had it a voice, would tell the tale full clear;”

A lamentation about the seemingly endless waiting, even the oracle is silent. Warriors play at being democrats. Decisions are made in favour of the people and against the gods. Cassandra finds her voice again and proclaims their demise. Clowns and fools, artists and politicians, scientists – a collective end of the world. The endpoint of time turns into a beginning of history. Cassandra finds her voice again, everyone wants to believe her. No end in sight? No new beginning? No end.

“Within this city ne'er may civil strife, / Insatiate of ill, tumultuous roar; / Nor thirsty dust quaff deep the purple gore / Of citizens; nor rage, with murder rife, / Snatch greedily the vengeful knife!”

With a scrutinising perspective on our society, scenarios of violence and power negotiate and call into question the power of the state and every individual in a fundamental clash of viewpoints and values.

*Translator’s note:* This verse translation of Aeschylus is by Anna Swanwick.

Cast
With: Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Johanna Bantzer, Sarah Franke, Katja Gaudard, Sebastian Grünewald, Daniel Nerlich, Silvia Rieger, Sarah Maria Sander, Sylvana Seddig, Hubert Wild

Musicians: Gabriel Cazes, Sir Henry

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
Stage design: Ann-Christine Müller
Costumes: Mona Ulrich
Music: Gabriel Cazes
Video: Voxi Bärenklau
Lighting: Kevin Sock
Dramaturgy: Ulf Frötzschner

01.10.20, 19:30
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