The Last Days of Mankind by Karl Kraus, directed by Nuno Carinhas, Teatro Nacional São João, Porto, Portugal What happens to man when the violence of war utterly jeopardises the very definition of mankind? An angry but compassionate genius, Karl Kraus dived into the pandemonium of the Great War (19141918) and returned with two hundred scenes reflecting “mankind’s fallen state”. The Last Days of Mankind (1915-1922) is a chronicle of those blood-soaked days that saw the birth of the age of industrial death, lies and stupidity. But it is also, and mostly, a laboratory of experimental writing that was once called “the submerged masterpiece of 20th century theatre”. A theatre of quotation, repetition, editing… in a word, of contrast: “real” characters and documents are vivified by the author’s satirical imagination, atrocity and futility walk hand-in-hand.
Medea by Franz Grillparzer, directed by Anna Badora | Volkstheater Vienna, Austria The immigrant Medea does everything to integrate in her husband Jason’s homeland Greece. But she will not get rid of the barbarian’s stigma, and their love ends in disaster.
The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini, directed by Luca Ronconi | Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa | Milan, Italy Capitalism, on the power play, banks, money, social and economic changes are at the heart of the deep text by Stefano Massini. Over one hundred and sixty years of history told through the story of Lehman, one of the most influential families of America: from the Civil War to the crisis of ‘29, between continuous ascents and sudden falls, until the final failure in 2008.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN PORTO Teatro Nacional São João
This general assembly united its members in Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, where the Teatro Nacional São João had created a comprehensive accompanying programme. A roundtable entitled “Economy, Art, Europe” combined with the three-part undertaking of Karl Kraus’ “The Last Days of Mankind” directed by Nuno Carinhas and Nuno M. Cardoso addressed the current complex situation in Europe. Seeing additional performances, such as “Underground” directed by Luís Araujo, “It Thinks, Therefore It Bleeds”, directed by Fernando Mora Ramos, “What a Rogue I am”, directed by Gonçalo Amorim, or “Neva”, directed by João Reis, allowed UTE members to More o dive into the artistic ROUN n this D TAB Page 29 LE work of their host.
Three Years of Battle Union des Théâtres de l'Europe