- Milo Rau
- Performed by
- Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Susana Abdulmajid, Elsie De Brauw, Risto Kübar, Johan Leysen, Bert Luppes, Marijke Pinoy
Based on Orestia by Eschyle
Following a journey through the Kurdish territory of Mosul and Sinjar, Swiss director Milo Rau presents a contemporary version of Aeschylus’ Orestia, performed by Iraqi and European actors.
How can divided societies, especially in the Middle East, live in peace once again after the horrors of war? How can offences be redeemed and atoned without leading to further violence? What should we do with jihadists arrested after the fall of the Islamic State? Having travelled to the north of Iraq, to the front line of the fight against Isis, Milo Rau has taken the mythical figures of Orestia and made them the victims of the cataclysms of modern conflicts.
In the celebrated Aeschylus trilogy, murder, blood and vengeance form an infernal spiral. Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia, his wife Clytemnestra then kills him, before she herself is killed by her son…
By placing the grandeur of the Greek tragedy side-by-side with the questions raised by crises of current events, Oresteia in Mosul takes an uncompromising look at the fractures of our modern era.
This is theatre that immerses the audience in the stormy waters of reality.
Programmed as part of the Festival Sens Interdits, festival international de théâtre