Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Georg Clementi
Georg Clementi
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Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier
Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier
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Ensemble
Ensemble
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Georg Clementi, Lea Rosh, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski
Georg Clementi, Lea Rosh, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Georg Clementi, Lea Rosh, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski
Georg Clementi, Lea Rosh, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Matthias Hermann, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt, Sarah Zaharanski
Matthias Hermann, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt, Sarah Zaharanski
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Matthias Hermann, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt, Sarah Zaharanski
Matthias Hermann, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt, Sarah Zaharanski
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
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Matthias Hermann
Matthias Hermann
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Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Larissa Enzi, Sarah Zaharanski, Maximilian Paier, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Sarah Zaharanski, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt
Sarah Zaharanski, Larissa Enzi, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Maximilian Paier, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
Maximilian Paier, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Maximilian Paier
Maximilian Paier
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier
Matthias Hermann, Maximilian Paier
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Ensemble
Ensemble
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Georg Clementi, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
Georg Clementi, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Maximilian Paier
Maximilian Paier
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Matthias Hermann
Matthias Hermann
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Maximilian Paier, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
Maximilian Paier, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Sarah Zaharanski, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Tina Eberhardt, Larissa Enzi
Sarah Zaharanski, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Tina Eberhardt, Larissa Enzi
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Sarah Zaharanski, Larissa Enzi, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Tina Eberhardt
Sarah Zaharanski, Larissa Enzi, Nikola Jaritz-Rudle, Tina Eberhardt
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger
Ensemble
Ensemble
© SLT / Christian Krautzberger

Die Erfindung der Demokratie – Die Orestie

Der vergessene Teil der Orestie nach Aischylos

In einer Fassung von John von Düffel mit Texten von Lea Rosh

Premiere: 18. November 2023 / Landestheater

Synopsis

A society torn in itself is trying to find a common stance. The rarely performed play “The Eumenides”, which completes the famous trilogy by Aeschylus, is traditionally considered to represent the invention of democracy on the stage and points out paths towards reconciliation. The text of the play is updated with texts by Lea Rosh, who initiated the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.

Orestes kills his mother to avenge his murdered father. The Erinyes, the goddesses of revenge, will not let this breach of natural law pass, but Apollo is protecting Orestes. The goddess Athena is called upon to settle the dispute. In a trial, she listens to all arguments and asks a group of citizens to serve as a jury. When their vote is tied, she rules in favour of the defendant, thus drawing the newly inflamed wrath of the Erinyes upon herself. Her offer of participation and reconciliation transforms the goddesses of revenge into the “Eumenides”, the “gracious ones”.

The plot can be interpreted as a parable on current social debates and the protests of a generation that has lost all faith in the establishment, whose actions it views as crimes against natural law and our shared future. This makes it even more thrilling to present the processes of an exchange of arguments, a democratic vote and a final reconciliation on stage. “The Oresteia” by the poet Aeschylus (525–456 BC) is the only surviving trilogy of Greek tragedies and is considered one of the key texts of our civilisation. Current political events become modern foils that reflect the fragility of our democratic foundation. John von Düffel creates a new version of the play by integrating texts by Lea Rosh. The German journalist and writer Lea Rosh, whose many awards include the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis, advocates a democratic and liberal society in her life’s work. The production is the first collaboration between Carl Philip von Maldeghem and designer Eva Musil, who has repeatedly shown her stylistic versatility at the Salzburg State Theatre.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (with one intermission)

Reviews

Ein zeitloses Polit-Lehrstück also, dem John von Düffel eine unaffektierte Sprachfassung ohne verkrampfte Modernisierungen oder Aktualisierungen gegeben hat. So nah an Aischylos wie an unserer Gegenwart. [...] Carl Philip von Maldeghem hat mit einer temporeichen Inszenierung dem sperrigen Stoff auf die Sprünge geholfen.

Nachtkritik

„Intendant und Regisseur Carl Philip von Maldeghem bezieht das Publikum zur Abstimmung mit ein, moderiert von Georg Clementi als eine Art Medium. [...] Die Inszenierung gestaltet diesen Kompromiss mit klarer Bildsprache [...] und eindringlich und intensiv spielenden Schauspielerinnen und Schauspielern."

Salzburger Nachrichten

 „Wie erhebend das Gefühl sein kann, bei Entscheidungen mitbestimmen zu können, das kann man im Salzburger Landestheater erfahren. Beim dritten Teil der Orestie nach dem antiken griechischen Dichter Aischylos geht es um nichts weniger als die Entstehung der Demokratie. Ein spannender Prozess. bei dem Argumente zur Versöhnung führen sollen. [...] Ein hochaktueller Appell an jede Einzelne und jeden Einzelnen, Verantwortung für das Leben miteinander zu übernehmen."

ORF

Selected performance

Th 02/01/2024 07.30 pm

Salzburger Landestheater

Cast (on 02/01/2024)

Director Carl Philip von Maldeghem

Stage and Costume Design Eva Musil

Dramaturgie John von Düffel


Apollon Matthias Hermann

Georg Georg Clementi

Orest Maximilian Paier

Megaira Sarah Zaharanski

Alekto Larissa Enzi

Tisiphone Tina Eberhardt

Klytaimnestras Schatten Lea Rosh

Athene Nikola Jaritz-Rudle

Audio introduction

von Christina Piegger