For George Steiner, the Idea of Europe is a “tale of two cities”: Athens and Jerusalem. Through the “best of times” and the “worst of times”, the imperatives of reason from our Greek heritage and the imperatives of faith and revelation proclaimed in the Torah flow together into one central trunk (a single European?). This trilogy is completed in Greece, a place I began to visit at the height of the conflicts caused by the economic and social crisis. I haven’t been there to engage in Dark Tourism, nor am I trying to create social-political theatre. I’ve been to Athens for voluntary encounters with tear gas.
Text and conception | Pedro Zegre Penim
From | The Gospel According to Mark and works by Alain Badiou, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, Bruno Di Lullo & Domenico Lancellotti, Charles Dickens, Chilly Gonzales, Clarice Falcão, Edward Elgar, Frederico Lourenço, Guido Van Der Werve, Homero, Jay Malinowski, Lars Von Trier, Maître Gims, Marina Gioti, Melina Mercouri, Michalis Patrinós, Peter Sloterdijk, Rufus Wainright and Timber Timbre.
Cast | Cláudia Jardim (God / Goddess), João Duarte Costa (Physician / Rhapsode), Pedro Zegre Penim (Hero / Aoidos)
Photography | Alípio Padilha
Video | André Godinho
Musical direction and Piano | João Paulo Soares
Choreography | Sónia Baptista
Light design | Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Characterization | Jorge Bragada
Costume confection | Rosário Balbi
Production and subtitling | Cristina Correia, Elisabete Fragoso
Co-production | Culturgest, Teatro Praga