Dionysos, son of Zeus and Semele, daughter of Cadmus, returns in human form to Thebes (the home city of his mother) with a view to imposing his cult. Semele’s sisters, as well as Agaue, mother of the king of Thebes, Pentheus, at first refuse to recognize his divinity, so he drives them wild with holy frenzy. They, together with most or all the women of Thebes, are now on Mount Kithairon where they engage in ritualistic orgies. Pentheus strongly refuses to accept the new god’s cult as well and decides to turn against the women. He arrests and imprisons Dionysos who soon frees himself and destroys the palace with an earthquake. Subsequently he persuades Pentheus to disguise himself as a Bacchante and go to the mountain to spy on the women. There, when the women discover him, they rush upon him, Agaue leading them, and tear him in pieces. Agaue returns to the city with her son’s head in her hands, thinking that it was a lion’s head, while Cadmus brings her to her senses making her realize what she has done. The play ends with the appearance of Dionysos, as a god now, who foretells the future destinies of the heroes and consolidates his worship.
“I am right, I was right, I was always right” Albert Camus “L’etranger”
“Always respect strangers” Euripides
How bad is a harmless lie that brings happiness?
How can accepting another person’s faith harm you?
What does it cost you if someone worships his god, whoever that is?
What do you care if he prays?
Why do his idols bother you?
Why do you demolish his temples?
Where does it hurt you when he revels?
Where does it pain you when he is happy?
Why does his opinion, his clothing, his food, matter to you?
The man who chose to live alone, to stay remote, away from companionship, to standstill while people are dancing around, to scowl at feasts; the man who preferred to keep out of the party, to call his own people strangers, to live as a stranger amid friends and locked in the walls of egoism, to live blind, sinking in the certainty of intolerance; the man who is satiated with the forged conviction that he alone possess the only truth;
That man does not belong to the land of men.
Who is this stranger anyway?
A new God comes to town.
A God that is different from the others.
He brings along music and dancing and the sweet drunkenness of wine. The old ruler of the town joins his dancing, together with the great seer. The people go out in the streets to greet him. The women climb up the mountains to glorify him.
But the new ruler feels threatened.
Who is this man who came to change the ancestral customs? The town that he rules does not accept strangers. Noone will threaten its peace.
The God is being patient. He gives him a chance. He gives him another one. He gives him another chance to change his mind. But the young ruler stands rigid in front of the wave, like an old tree. And he breaks, he sinks. The God has no more patience. Whoever denied him, now will pay.
“We have to be careful of what kind of music we listen to, because vicious music and bewitching songs create vicious manners and inappropriate ways of living and people who are prone to soft life, sloth and subjugation to women”
Dromos me Dentra/Baumstrasse
The theatrical group Dromos me Dentra/Baumstrasse was brought together by the theatre director and actress Martha Frintzila and the composer and set designer Vassilis Mantzoukis in the year 2000. Over the past twelve years, it has presented twelve theatrical performances and eleven experimental plays. In addition, it has taken part in musical and theatrical festivals in Greece and abroad.
Dromos me Dentra has collaborated with a number of well-known music institutions, such as the Greek National Theatre, the Athens Music Hall, the Theatre of Neos Kosmos and the Chora Theatre. It also participates in the annual Music Village Festival in Pelion. Academically, the group has collaborated with Stockton College of New Jersey and Princeton University of New Jersey as well as with the Department of Theatrical Studies of the Athens University.
Performances: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aridnere, Henri Desire Landru, Drama Perpetua, Anton Chekov, Three Sisters, Euripides, Electra, Jorge Louis Borges, Universal History of Insomnia, Sophocles, Ajax, Nikolai Leskov, Katerina Ismailova, Lioudmila Petrosevskaya, Love, Marivaux, The Heritage, Rainer Maria Rilke, The Foreigner, R. Schimmelpfennig, Arabian Night, Euripides, Ion, Samuel Beckett, Stirrings Still.
Translation: Nikoleta Frintzila
Direction: Martha Frintzila
Music, σκηνικός χώρος: Vassilis Mantzoukis
Lighting design: Felice Ross
Lighting operation assistant: Sofia Alexiadou
Choreography: Rootlessroot – Linda Kapetanea, Jozef Frucek
Costumes: Ilianna Skoulaki
Voice couching: Angela Brouskou
Research Associate: Iosif Vivilakis
Dionysus: Giorgos Frintzilas
Pentheus: Giorgos Vourdamis
Agaue: Angela Brouskou
Cadmus: Argyris Bakirtzis
Teiresias: Parthenopi Bouzouri
A Guard attending Pentheus: Foivos Symeonidis, Mihalis Panadis, Tasos Dimitropoulos
Messenger A: Foivos Symeonidis, Mihalis Panadis, Tasos Dimitropoulos
Messenger B: Foivos Symeonidis
Stavroula Pavlikou, Katerina Patsiani, Nancy Sideri, Pinelopi Tsilika, Alexandra Tavoulari, Afroditi Kleovoulou, Smaragda Kakkinou, Ntounia Gratsia, Ioanna Nasiopoulou, Chrysanthi Pikoula
Martha Frintzila (voice), Vassilis Mantzoukis (electric guitar, tapes, voice), Antonis Maratos (bass), Nikos Papavranousis (drums), Kostas Nikolopoulos (electric guitar), Panou Manou (electric guitar, keyboards, voice), Vangelis Paraskevaidis (percussions), Kosmas Lampidis (ney), Giorgos Katsianos (sound)