Murder, blood, revenge. Endless. Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia, his wife Klytaimnestra kills him and is murdered by her own son. Only a goddess can stop the spiral of violence. Is this really the founding myth of Western civilization? Swiss director Milo Rau, winner of many awards, has his doubts. In Orest in Mossul he combines ancient history with our current political conflicts. He asks: How can fundamentalist warriors be integrated into society today? Can this succeed?

What distinguishes Orest in Mossul from other Oresteia stagings?

Milo Rau: Our international ensemble and our view on the topic. In 2016 I was in northern Iraq in the completely destroyed city of Sinjar. It was like being in a TV picture and a classic epic at the same time. Then the idea arose to adapt Aeschylus‘ antique Oresteia for our time. How can the divided parties live peacefully together again in the Syrian-Iraqi civil war? This is the old question of mankind: how can an offence be atoned for without new violence being provoked again.

Do you see a solution?

Milo Rau: With Aeschylus, only the goddess Athena can stop the violence: she offers the goddesses of revenge a place in society. Inclusion instead of exclusion. Hugs instead of hatred. But what do we do with jihadists when the ISIS is over and they return to their Iraqi villages (or to Europe)? There are warriors all over the world who return home from wars. How can they be "civilized" again?

How is the performance created?

Milo Rau: We rehearse in several phases. One part of the project will also be in Mossul in Iraq: in a barracks of Peshmerga in Kurdistan, in cooperation with local fighters, poets and inhabitants. Filming from there will also be part of the performance.

 

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  • A production by Schauspielhaus Bochum and NTGent
    In co-production with Tandem Arras-Douai
    With the support of Romaeuropa Festival
  • Text: Milo Rau and ensemble after Aischylos
  • Dutch, Arabic and English with German and English surtitles
  • Director: Milo Rau
  • #World Premiere #theatre
  • Kammerspiele
Fri, 17.05.
19:30
premiere
Sat, 18.05.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
Sun, 19.05.
17:00
Wed, 22.05.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
Thur, 23.05.
19:30
Fri, 24.05.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
Sun, 26.05.
17:00
+ 16:15 Introduction
Tue, 28.05.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
more dates:
Wed, 29.05.
19:30
Thur, 30.05.
19:00
last performance
With: Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Susana AbdulMajid, Elsie de Brauw, Risto Kübar, Johan Leysen, Bert Luppes, Marijke Pinoy, Suleik Salim Al-Khabbaz, Saif Al-Taee, Firas Atraqchi, Nabeel Atraqchi, Zaidun Haitham, Rabee Nameer, Baraa Ali, Khalid Rawi, Khitam Idress, Rayan Shihab Ahmed, Hathal Al-Hianey, Mustafa Dargham, Younis Anad Gabori, Ahmed Abdul Razzaq Hussein, Abdallah Nawfal, Mohamed Saalim, Hassan Taha
Premiere: 17.05.2019
Team:
  • Text: Milo Rau and ensemble after Aischylos
  • Director: Milo Rau
  • Dramaturgy: Stefan Bläske
  • Stage design: Ruimtevaarders
  • Costume design: An De Mol
  • Light design: Dennis Diels
  • Film, live-camera: Moritz von Dungern
  • Film: Daniel Demoustier
  • Film editing: Joris Vertenten
  • Musical arrangement: Saskia Venegas Aernaudt
  • Direction assistance: Katelijne Laevens
  • Production manager: Noemi Suarez Sanchez
Cast:
  • Mit: Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Susana AbdulMajid, Elsie de Brauw, Risto Kübar, Johan Leysen, Bert Luppes, Marijke Pinoy
  • Team Iraq (on Video) – Musicians: Suleik Salim Al-Khabbaz, Saif Al-Taee
  • Team Iraq (on video) – Musicians: Firas Atraqchi, Nabeel Atraqchi, Zaidun Haitham, Rabee Nameer
  • Team Iraq (on video) – Actors: Baraa Ali, Khalid Rawi, Khitam Idress
  • Team Iraq (on video) – Chorus: Rayan Shihab Ahmed, Hathal Al-Hianey, Mustafa Dargham, Younis Anad Gabori, Ahmed Abdul Razzaq Hussein, Abdallah Nawfal, Mohamed Saalim, Hassan Taha