Coming Home

2016-2017 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Coming Home
Repeat: Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies – Foyer, 23/03/2017
Launch: Municipal Theater of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, 11/05/2017

When I return, it will be with another man’s clothes, another man’s name. My coming will be unexpected. If you look at me unbelieving, and say, You are not he, I will show you signs, and you will believe me.

Theodoros Angelopoulos “Ulysses’ Gaze”, Script 112, 1993

Every day, all around the world, people leave their homes, abandoning a dream, in search of a better world. People flee from the south to the north, from the east to the west, from the south of the West to the north of the West. In many cases, however, some of these people never manage to reach their dream, this better world, the “West” they dream of. Others are a bit luckier, they manage to reach the new country but they have to face difficulties, to experience the harsh reality of being invisible, marginalized, a “second class” citizen.

“Coming Home” is a production that focuses on these people. On these immigrants or refugees who have been forced to stay away from their homeland for years, to spend a long difficult period in exile until a day comes, when it’s time to go back to their homeland. A day they return...

What are their memories? Of all the things they had left behind, what is still there waiting for them? How are things when they return? How much have they themselves changed? How much has their homeland changed? How much has their world changed? Have their dreams and expectations been fulfilled? Where do these people belong after all?

It is a show of contemporary puppet theatre that combines actors and music on stage with shadow theatre. All these art-forms and techniques combine to present the five stories that make up this performance: the stories of five persons, who, after many years, return home: Afghanistan, Albania, Burkina Faso, Guatemala and Greece.

Director: Koldo Vío
Costumes: Dimitra Giovani
Puppets: Nikos Tobros
Movement consultant: Edgen Lame
Lighting: Maria Lazaridou
18 performances - 863 spectators
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies – Foyer (23/03/2017 - 09/04/2017)
Municipal Theater of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki (11/05/2017 - 14/05/2017)
The text has been created by the whole group and is a result of research and the rehearsal process.
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