Theater: Greek tragedy eyes Africa in Pompeii

Performances in theater area

06 June, 14:56

    NAPLES - Greek tragedies with a contemporary twist will star at the ''Pompeii Theatrum Mundi'', the first edition of a four-year-project kicking off on June 22 at the Grand Theater of the archaeological site.
    The project was created in cooperation with the theater Teatro Stabile in Naples and the Archeological park in Pompeii and will bring to the Grand Theater the first cycle of ancient dramaturgy with five great performances through July 23.
    Massimo Osanna, the director general of the archaeological park of Pompeii said that ''since 2014 the scenes of the Grand Theater have been handed back to the international public, where the event of Naples' Teatro Stabile becomes part of the setting in a natural way. In celebrating and letting the public experience the unique and sacred nature of these sights, Pompeii once again becomes a laboratory of art and culture, a world stage open to tradition and innovation''.
    Texts by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca ''will be represented - explained Luca Fusco, director of the Teatro Stabile in Naples - in the place where they were likely represented in Roman times. A place that is not neutral but with a strong character and fascination, an element of theatrical narration''.
    Events kick off on June 22 with Aeschylus' Oresteia and eye Africa with six performances on June 30-July 6. The first is the diptych directed by Massimo Luconi ''Prometheus by Sophocles'' with Senegalese musicians and an installation on the stage by a Senegalese artist. ''Antigone. An African story'' is in French, by Senegalese director Jean Anouilh, which sets it in contemporary Africa.
    The performance ends a three-year-long project in Senegal including laboratories to form young Senegalese artists in theater. Six professional actors from Senegal will be joined by non-professional actors residing in Italy for the choir. The cycle continues with The Bacchae by Euripides and Phaedra (Seneca). 

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