VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Illustration: Skizzomat / Marie Emmermann

Eine Odyssee
based on Homer
re-told by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson and Mikael Torfason

Drama
German with English surtitles

Homer's Odyssey begins ten years after Troy's defeat, and thus establishes the coordinates of this central epic poem in Western culture from the 8th century BC: the external power struggle of the victorious Greeks against the Trojans, as well as the internal power struggle of the Atreidae, the royal house of human slaughter. Both developments were prophesied by Cassandra, whose end is revealed to Odysseus in the world of the dead. 24 cantos depict his homecoming after a 20-year odyssey.

In Eine Odyssee (An Odyssey) Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson and Mikael Torfason reactivate the myth. In this midst of this continual repetition, a pause in the present is required for the utopia of a change of course: “Myth is such that questions capsize into its deluge of images and stories. After the next story a question can be posed, the question of how it continues, if it continues. Otherwise it goes back to the beginning” (Hans Blumenberg: Work on Myth). This production conceives of a line from Ancient Greece and its colonial ambitions, through Berlin in the time of the Cold War between West “island of freedom” and East “city of peace”, and into current discussions about the influence of right-wing populism on cultural institutions.

Cast
With: Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Johanna Bantzer, Sarah Franke, Claudio Gatzke, Jella Haase, Robert Kuchenbuch, Daniel Nerlich, Silvia Rieger, Sarah Maria Sander, Nils Strunk, Theo Trebs und Gabriel Cazes (musical director), Sir Henry (musician), Laura Witzleben (dancer)

Director: Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
Stage design: Daniel Angermayr
Costumes: Karen Briem
Music: Gabriel Cazes
Choreography: Laura Witzleben
Assistant and translator: Damiàn Dlaboha
Video: Voxi Bärenklau, Nanna MBS
Lighting: Kevin Sock
Dramaturgy: Degna Martens

12.09.19, 19:00
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