In a large-scale European cooperation between four artistic teams from England, Northern Macedonia, Germany and Austria, the Greek tragedy of Oresteia by Aeschylus is overwritten and reinvented. At the heart of the new plays, which are loosely based on the stories of the trilogy and reinvent the lost satyr play, are the questions: What is the Chorus today? What is democracy? What basic democratic values must be preserved, defended, developed or demanded? How does participation succeed and what do we absolutely want to redesign? Who speaks in the public sphere? Whose voices are not being heard? Who do we want to give a voice?
The respective teams work on the central problems that Europe is currently facing. What seemed temporarily overcome by democracy and cooperation – nationalism, discrimination, corruption – is returning like a curse, threatening justice, peace and democracy itself, both on Europe’s periphery and at its center. That is why the central concern of the Oresteia is still relevant: Will democracy really be able to save us from the seemingly unstoppable mechanisms of violence and misunderstanding passed from generation to generation?
The international co-production THE CHORUS PROJECT is a cooperation of PATHOS Munich with Upstart Theatre London with Birminghham Youth, MKC Skopje and Theater am Lend in Graz.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.