What can The Odyssey still tell us? That is the question we asked ourselves when facing this project. The Odyssey tells of a mythical journey but, at the same time, it contains mysteries that we have not yet discovered, secrets that Homer hid for each of us, individually, to decipher in his reading.
The journey that we propose in our version of The Odyssey is a combination of respect for the classical text and the creation of a new text that, from the first, dusts off the Homeric verses to give them meaning today. To do this, we have intervened the Greek text and, for the first time in Castilian, we presented to the public a versified version of the story, which in 500 verses, tells the journey of Odysseus.
To decipher the keys to the geographical journey that the navigator’s fleet made, we have used navigation charts of the time and, taking into account the data that Homer himself gives us in his history (days of travel, natural signs, description of landscapes, …) We have designed a new map of The Odyssey, which is not limited to the Mediterranean Islands, but takes the hero to our country and even to the north of Europe, the north of the known world.
Finally, we give prominence to Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, who presents himself as the true bearer of his father’s story and who, thanks to the use of new technologies, transports us to the present day and connects us with the history of the ancient hero with the story of young people who, nowadays, wait for their parents to return from personal odyssey and grow up ‘ceasing to be children, to become men in the absence of their parents’.
At the end of the show, the artistic team and specialists in education and youth issues, hold a colloquium-QUORUM
An old aedo tells the story of the journey of the hero Odysseus, full of gods and monsters, giants and sorceresses, full of anecdotes and relationships with other classical texts; later, the troubadour undresses to tell us the truth behind the myth: the horror of war, the doubts of the man who does not want to return home. Only at the end of the play will Telemachus appear, the son of the hero, who transmits to us the loneliness of the son who waits and grows up without his father.
There are as many Odysseys as readers who dare to navigate between its pages. In the verses of Homer, written more than two thousand years ago, we find a hero who fights against gods and monsters, giants and sorceresses, to return home. And between the lines that extol the hero, the figure of man is shipwrecked, of the soldier marked by the horrors of the Trojan War, of the navigator who is torn between returning to land or getting lost at sea. . . But you can also read the story of the waiting child, of the child who grows up waiting for his father to return from his personal Odyssey.
Our Odyssey tries to give voice and life to all of them; so that not only the hero, but all, are remembered. So that none of us sinks into oblivion, the great cancer of our time.
“A man without memory, a navigator without a boat, a king without a crown and dressed in a suit woven from false stories; that was now Odysseus, that was now me ”..