MA Theatre Lab student Konstantinos Symsiris reports from the company's trip to Ancient Messene, during which they performed Prometheus Bound at the International Youth Festival of Ancient Drama. Read Part 1 of the blog here.
The day of the performance had arrived. The sun rising warmly behind the mountains was the best omen of what was approaching.
We travelled back to the ancient ruins and started to warm up our bodies and voices within the amphitheatre and amongst the flora of the place. Our polyphonic singing rehearsals echoed on the Greek mountains.
The audience gradually arrived and the theatre was full. Almost 600 people were applauding, welcoming us and encouraging us to perform. The team moved behind the theatre to stand by and, after a short speech by our beloved course leader Andrew Visnevski, the performance started.
From the very first moment of our stepping onto the stage, we felt the warm vibe of the audience embracing our efforts and listening attentively to our story. Personally, I remember moments in my speech when, as Prometheus, I was referring to the sun and the sky and addressing them in real time; while beyond and above the audience on the hill, crowned with the ruins of the ancient temple of Aphrodite, was another reference point for me.
Our connection with the play through nature and the space itself was extraordinary. Another unique moment was a sonic boom heard during the performance. Our trance state, engagement with the play and connection with the audience has transported us to a different state of mind and space - we even thought for a moment that this very sonic boom could have been Zeus striking in angry reassertion of his high might.