(In)famous Brazilian director and stage author Leonardo Moreira uses the well-known story about the man who leaves house and home to wage war and then journeys for another ten years before returning home as his inspiration for this four- and-a-half-hour theatre experience.
In a strong stage-on-stage setting, the audience takes the place of the absent hero, and the actors play the various characters he comes across. The players interweave their personal memories, doubts and dreams with the tales told by the characters of the original poem.
Odisseia is an absolutely convincing presentation of the female point of view in this heroic epic which most intelligently combines new feminism and the #MeToo discussion with the experiences of the female characters.
Odisseia is a rocking road trip through the landscape of modern women in relationship to the hero who may or may not have been toppled from his pedestal. Highly unique, feminist, humorous, activist and first and foremost very current. Following the play’s recent, highly acclaimed world première at the prestigious Fast Forward Festival in Athens, all the European theatres were queuing up. Fortunately we were right at the front of the queue, and as a result we will be able to present this high-profile play in all Explore cities.
‘What makes Cia. Hiato’s performances so special is the combination of compelling acting and brilliant dramaturgical concepts, finely honed during long and intensive rehearsals.’ – De Theaterkrant ****