The Mission (Der Aufrag)
03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 March 201121:00
In the Greek première of Heiner Müller's <em>The Mission</em>, the young director, Anestis Azas, attempts to explore what revolution might mean in the constantly changing society of Greece today.
In The Mission by the German playwright, Heiner Müller, three young Frenchmen arrive in Jamaica circa 1800 charged with organizing a slave uprising and establishing a new system of governance in line with the model provided by the French Revolution. However, Napoleon’s ascent to the French throne ushers in an unexpected turn of events. This deeply moving and profoundly poetic text on faith, friendship, love, betrayal, ideology and power bears all the hallmarks of late Müller: a collage of disparate materials, a fragmentary narrative, a range of styles, the artful interweaving of historical past and contemporary reality. In The Mission, Müller—although apparently talking about the European Enlightenment—is actually creating a monumental discourse on the failure of revolutions. Written in 1979 in East Germany, the text is often interpreted—like the rest of the playwright’s work—as a critique of Real Socialism.
However, since it examines ideas bequeathed to the contemporary world by the French Revolution, the work is eminently suited to a staging in Greece, another nation born of a revolution inspired by the ideas of the Enlightenment. In this, the Greek première of The Mission, the young director, Anestis Azas, and his equally youthful cast draw material from personal biography and collective experience as they seek to explore through Müller’s text what revolution might mean in the constantly changing society of Greece today.
Text: Heiner Müller
Original Title: Der Auftrag: Erinnerung an eine Revolution
Translation into Greek: Eleni Varopoulou
Director: Anestis Azas
Set Design-Costumes: Vassilis Noulas, Sofia Simaki
Assistant to the Director: Anna Tzakou
Lighting Design: Dimitris Kassimatis
Dramaturgy: Andriana Alexiou
Communication: Voula Paleologou
Cast: Andriana Alexiou, Syrmo Keke, Stathis Kokkoris, Kostas Koutsolelos, Natasa Marmataki
Co-production: Onassis Cultural Centre, Projector
10 Mar 2011
After-performance talk with Anestis Azas and Helene Varopoulou
20 Jan - 18 Feb 2011
8 - 12 - 15 - 20 - 25 - 32 €
Concs 10 - 15 €