Theatre Utrecht, Toneelhuis Antwerpen, Orkater Amsterdam
Directed by Naomi Velissariou and Floor Houwink ten Cate
Costume design by MAISON the FAUX
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.
Atropa tells the story of the war for Troy and unites the classical and the contemporary in terms of theme as well as language. Writer Tom Lanoye transformed the age-old story of the struggle between East and West into a critique of contemporary imperialism. The war waged by men in Atropa is at the expense of the woman, who loses child, love, body and ground to her oppressor. Greek women come face to face with Trojan women, who after the occupation of their city prefer death to a life of oppression. At the end of the war, it is up to the only man to convincingly defend the values of the survivors.