The performance draws its initial inspiration from the "letters from prison" sent by Rosa Luxemburg to Sonia Liebknecht between 1917 and 1918. The letters touch us with their pure humanity and the incredible sensitivity they exhibit to everything that lives (bird, insect, plant).
In 2019, 100 years have passed since the assassination of the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg from the right-wing Freikorps militias in Berlin in 1919. Imagine a Heroic Landscape is our own tribute to a lost revolution and a personality that still inspires and exemplifies. The title of the performance comes from a phrase that we have isolated from one of these letters. The five performers come from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, thus enhancing the international character of Rosa’s spirit.
What is Utopia? What is heroism? How do we fancy a landscape? Rosa seems to find heroism in the humble fight of an overturned beetle with the ants or in a bird’s outburst! How can we deal with the small, seemingly insignificant in heroic terms? What is worth, for us, fighting for?
In German romanticism, people were searching for the awe of the Sublime in the great natural phenomena (for example, in a storm, in a snow-capped mountain peak). Rosa Luxemburg seems to find heroism in the battle of an upside-down beetle with the ants or in a bird's lyrical outburst! Can I, therefore, deal with the small, seemingly insignificant in terms of heroism?
Let’s create an ephemeral monument, a tribute to Rosa, by using precarious objects and materials just like our bodies and voices!
Directed by Vassilis Noulas
Set | Costume | Lighting design by Kostas Tzimoulis
Texts transated into Greek by Natascha Siouzouli
Assistant director: Elisavet Xanthopoulou
Duration: 60 min.
Performers: Ondina Quadri, Alexia Sarandopoulou, Marcus Richter, Kostas Tzimoulis, Vassilis Noulas
A production by Nova Melancholia, with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
► THE EIGHT
Politechniou Str. 8, Athens
16 March - 23 April 2019
► FESTIVAL PRIMAVERA DEI TEATRI
28 May 2019
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