The paradox of peace is that it needs to be conquered.
In Atropa the taboos of a generation characterized by its crave for emancipation are being told in a language they understand best: that of blasting beats and razor sharp poetry.
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Greek women come into contact with Trojan women, who after the occupation of their city choose death over a life under oppression. After the war has ended, it is up to the only man to defend the values of its survivors.
‘Atropa. The revenge of peace.’ was written in 2008 by Tom Lanoye and directed by Guy Cassiers as it premiered that same year at the festival of Avignon. In 2012 Lanoye won the playwright award, for in Atropa he “investigates the roots of evil called war and violence” and so “analyses the game of power”, as stated by the Royal Academy of the Dutch Language and Literature. In the version of Velissariou, Atropa is a tragedy the way it was meant to be: a musical celebration of language, worshipping contemporary gods.
concept Naomi Velissariou
text Tom Lanoye
directors Naomi Velissariou and Floor Houwink ten Cate
cast Vanja Rukavina, Naomi Velissariou, Ntianu Stuger, Annelinde Bruijs, Thibaud Dooms, Denise Jannah, Adanna Unigwe, Jasmine Sendar.
music Joost Maaskant and Jimi Zoet
light design Tim van 't Hof-|-
scenography Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck
costume design MAISON the FAUX
sound design Sander van der Werff
coproduction of Theatre Utrecht, Toneelhuis Antwerpen, Orkater Amsterdam and Stichting Naomi Velissariou
made possible by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Ammodo.