Theodoros Terzopoulos is a world-famous Greek-born theatre director, one of the leading European masters and an inventor of a unique acting method. His staging of Bertolt Brecht’s great play at Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Main Stage is the third appearance at our Theatre: the first was a premiere of Sophokles’ “Oedipus Rex” in 2006, which opened International Alexandrinsky Theatre Festival; second – a repertoire staging of ‘Endgame’ by Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name.
Theodoros Terzopoulos is among most profound global experts in Ancient Greece theatre. However, his turn to Bertolt Brecht is n coincidence: for five in early seventies he was an intern at Berliner Ensemble Theatre, found by Brecht himself. Among his teachers was Heiner Müller, a greatest German dramatist and director after Brecht and the follower of the latter’s practices. Terzopoulos staged numerous Brecht’s plays in the end of the decade: ‘Der Brotladen’ in Thessalonike theatre laboratory, ‘In Red and Brown’ in Thessalonike Theatre, both in 1977. Terzopoulos was also a director of ‘Get acquainted with Brecht’ (1976), ‘Maria Farantouri sings Brecht’ (1979), ‘Ekkehard Schal and Maria Farantouri sing Brecht’ (Dimitria Thessalonike and Berliner Ensemble Theatre, 1980). It is also not director’s first staging of Brecht’s Second World War eve play – the first was at Northern Greece State Theatre in 1983.
Thirty years later Terzopoulos turns to the story again and his new vision is one hundred percent up-to-date. ‘An inconceivable and invariable trait of human nature is total failure to learn from catastrophes’, said Terzopoulos before the beginning of the first rehearsal.
Performance premiered on February 24, 2017