For two weeks in October, a majestic anti-war manifesto, a hymn to United Europe, echoes through the Onassis Cultural Center’s Little Stage, where an incendiary show about the utopia and reality of Europe is performed.
Victor Hugo, the great romantic writer of “Les Miserables” and “Notre-Dame de Paris” was also the first visionary of a United Europe. This is the “unknown” side to him on which the performance “Hugo: A Utopia” by Sophia Marathathi of the ATONAL theater group shines a light through staging an unconventional musical urban dinner, which brings to life a time when democracy was covered in the blood of severed heads, and Europe turned a blind eye.
In the words of Victor Hugo, deeply disappointed as he was in the totalitarian policies of Charles Louis Napoleon III, “what at this point is being established is not a Europe of the peoples; it is a Europe of the kings …” Sophia Marathakis bases her work on the self-exiled Victor Hugo’s “Hymn to United Europe”, written in the mid-19th century, as a condemnation of European leaders’ policies. The work reflects history through the literary filter of the author who delivers a grand anti-war manifesto, a hymn to United Europe.
Where: Onassis Cultural Center
When: Weekends, October 14-15, 21-22; 9:00 pm
General admission: €5-12
Following the October 15 performance, the audience will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the show’s creators.
The show features surtitles in English.