The Greek classics return to the theater in Syracuse after a year without performances.
Built 2,500 years ago in southeastern Sicily, this monument will be the stage for three Greek tragedies, to revive the program that was canceled in 2020 because of Covid-19.
From July 3 to August 21, its ancient stones will bring classics like Aeschylus’ “Oresteia,” Euripedes’ “The Bacchae” and Aristophanes’ “The Clouds” to life.
Director of “Oresteia”
“Not to be a modernist, but simply to show how current, how alive, Greek theater is. To show how alive tragedy is, how well tragedy tells our story, our terrible human weakness.”
The chosen works are the same as those chosen 100 years ago for the theater’s reopening following World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic. The Spanish company, “La Fura dels Baus,” will lead with an avant-garde representation of Euripides’ “The Bacchae.”
Director of “The Bacchae,” La Fura dels Baus
“What ‘La Fura (dels Baus)’ brings to the table is our experience of ‘Deus ex machina,” of flying. Human evolution isn’t over. And it won’t be over until man can fly and is a bit more intelligent but, at the same time, passionate.”
The theater will also host an interactive photography exhibition until 2022. The goal is to reach 163,000 spectators, as it did in 2019, before the pandemic brought the curtain down.