PALMYRA is an exploration of revenge, the politics of destruction and what we consider to be barbaric, inviting people to step back from the news and look at what lies beneath, and beyond, civilization.
“weird, wonderful and strangely stressful” The Stage
**** The Stage, Guardian, The Times
The ancient city of Palmyra was one of the best preserved in the world. Tourists flocked from around the world to look at the iconic temples of Bel and Baalshamin, as well as the Arch of Triumph. Until 2015, when ISIS gained control of the city, destroyed its temples, looted its graves and used its amphitheatre to stage executions.
A year later, after ISIS had been removed from the city, a concert entitled, “With a Prayer from Palmyra: Music Revives the Ancient Walls”, was staged on the site. In his opening statement prior to the concert the former lead conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, said: Here on this great stage, our concert in Palmyra is our appeal for everyone to come to peace and unity, to unite and work against this evil, against terrorism. (...) We protest against barbarians who destroyed wonderful monuments of world culture. We protest against the execution of people here on this great stage.
This is where the piece started.
WINNER Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form 2017
WINNER Stockholm Fringe Festival 2017 Grand Prix
WINNER Jury Prize, FITT Festival Tarragona 2018
Developed with support from CroquisBCN (Barcelona), Bristol Ferment, MAYK, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Ovalhouse, HOME and Arts Council England.
Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas
Dramaturg: Louise Stephens
Lighting Design: Jo Palmer
Show image: Ollie Baxter
Produced by Edward Fortes & Hannah Slimmon for Farnham Maltings