Issue 05, March 2007
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Dramatic Readings
Ancient Texts at the Liechtenstein Art Museum

The Onassis Foundation held a series of dramatic readings inspired by Homer’s epics and entitled Of Heroes and Tears, at the Vaduz Art Museum in Liechtenstein on January 17, 19, and 25, 2007.

 
 
From The Death of Patroclos performance held at the Vaduz Art Museum in Liechtenstein
From The Death of Patroclos performance held at the Vaduz Art Museum in Liechtenstein
The first performance held on January 17, 2007, and entitled The Death of Patroclos was dedicated to Achilles’ avengement of Patroclos’ death. The second performance, which was held on January 19, 2007, and was entitled Trials and Tribulations, dealt with the love and myth of Odysseus as he confronts the Sirens, while the third, January 25, 2007, entitled The Return of Odysseus focussed on loyalty and returning to one’s homeland.

Artistic supervision and direction were undertaken by German director, Georg Rootering in collaboration with dramaturgical advisor Frank Radaz.

Georg Rootering has worked as a production director, artistic director, and stage director in Austria, Germany, and Liechtenstein, while Frank Radaz is a dramaturgical advisor to the Dusseldorf Theatre where rehearsals for the performances were held.

Ulysses caught in the nets: an artistic presentation of the myth from the German director Georg Rootering
Ulysses caught in the nets: an artistic presentation of the myth from the German director Georg Rootering

The performances were carried out in German, but interspersed with some small readings in Greek.
Each performance was opened by Dr. Bernhard Zimmermann who explained the link between the ancient Greek texts and their modern readings.
Also noteworthy is the fact that two additional performances were held for city school students between 17 and 25 January, 2007.
In the past, a similar series of dramatic readings was held by the Onassis Affiliated Public Benefit Foundation at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York with great success.

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