Taking place under the umbrella of the Union of Theatres of Europe, the performance Greece-Austria: A Tie! is the result of a collaboration project between the Schauspielhaus Graz, Austria and the National Theatre of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki. This collaboration project aimed at highlighting and mocking the stereotypes that have been developing during the economic crisis among Greeks and German-speaking people of Northern Europe. The show was premiered on the 22nd June 2013 at the Schauspielhaus Graz, Austria and received a warm welcome from the Austrian audience. In Thessaloniki, the show will be presented on the 3rd October 2013, at the Νew Hyperoon Stage of the Society for Macedonian Studies.
Corfu was the favourite island of Princess Sissy. Goethe felt admiration and nostalgia for Greece as a modern "Arcadia". The country that gave birth to civilization has always attracted and exercised a great influence on the German-speaking world, promoting tourism as its main industry. The place where Zorba the Greek danced served for many years as a model for Northern Europeans, who admired the pure way of life of its people, their manners and customs, the food, and even the quirks that were part and parcel of the reputation of the Greek people.
Performed by actors from both theatres and directed by Greek-German director Sarantos Zervoulakos, Greece-Austria: A Tie! put together a theatrical game based on national clichés and "mutual insults” hurled at one people by another. Who will come out on top?
Greece-Austria: A Tie!
Directed by Sarantos Zervoulakos
Research - Dramaturgy Christian Mayer, Amalia Kontogianni
Assistant Director Evropi Thomopoulou
Dramaturgy Consultant Marlin Merholz
With Simon Käser, Matthias Ohner, Lila Vlachopouloz and Marianna Papasavva
A coproduction NTNG / Schauspielhaus Graz
At the Νew Hyperoon Stage of the Society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece
On the 3rd October 2013