The Kindly Ones

new creation at the
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial
Commissioned by
the Festival der Regionen 2019
Austria and La Strada Festival, Austria

It is a mysterious thing, this process of creating a new work. Curious to the dark, committed to translating what is not yet there, all along the process of rehearsing with no certainty of sound or of what to say. Step-by-step, the text, the sound and the body of the performance gradually took shape. That is exciting and scary at the same time. During this process, some writers remained very close to us becoming our precious guides to a world all too cold and stiff: the “Kindly Ones” by Aeschylus, Thukidides’ “Epitaph”, Purcell’s “Cold Song” and of course the texts and poems of Iakovos Kambanellis, the Greek survivor of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. As from the very beginning we questioned how to touch upon the Holocaust in a light and even humorous way, we soon found ourselves shifting between the ritual and the political sarcasm, the metaphysical and the pragmatic in search of the right tone. In the end, the final assemblage of emotions, thoughts and music was almost a matter of chance.

Elli Papakonstantinou

Credits

Concept + Libretto + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Musical Composition: Blaine L. Reininger
Dramaturge and Live Translations: Martina Winkel
Performers: Rosa Prodromou, Blaine L. Reininger, Maria Panourgia and a choir of elderly men from the vicinities of Mauthausen
Set and Costume Design: Maria Panourgia Costume Making: Mamadoo

Performances

Festival der Regionen 2019: 29.06-02.07.2019
Performed at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, Austria
La Strada Festival 2020: 05.2020
Austria

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