The architect and the exhibition’s curator, Erato Koutsoudaki, notes:
“What is left of a theatrical performance when the lights go out? This is one of the questions posed by the first periodic exhibition of the hall’s new era along with another one: How does theatrical form evolve over the years? How do different creative groups at different times choose to interpret the same work?
Twenty-two Medea productions will have passed by the end of this season from the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, with the first being staged in 1956, just one year after the officially first of the Epidaurus performances. Euripides’ Medea, of course, but also Cherubini’s operatic version, Bost’s parodic Medea, and Frank Castorf’s forthcoming composition.
Each performance is introduced to us through the traces it has left – some have left numerous while others not as many – giving a platform not only to the director’s work, or the work of the leading actress in the title role and of the other actors and actresses, but also of those who worked for it, on both a creative and technical level. Photographs, excerpts from recorded performances, costumes, stage models and costume designs, stage guides, programmes and stage directing notebooks, scores and rare audio exhibits make up the universe of the exhibition Medea in Epidaurus.
Therefore, on the occasion of Medea, the exhibition attempts to propose a penetrating look in front of and behind theatrical lights, even when they have been extinguished and the theatrical act is now a historical event”.
The exhibition will be open from July 7 to August 26, on the days of performances presented as part of the Athens Epidaurus Festival (Fridays & Saturdays) from 18:00 to 01.00.
The exhibition Medea in Epidaurus is organised by the Athens Epidaurus Festival with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.