Troje Trilogie tells the myth of the Trojan War in three parts, seen from the perspective of Andromache, the wife of the Trojan leader Hector. This myth is told backwards, like a journey going back in time. The first part takes place eight years after the Trojan War, the second part a few months after the war, and the third part a year before the fall of Troy. Koos Terpstra wrote the trilogy in the 1990s as an anti-war piece.
We show three different stages of an explosion. Because the story is told backwards, these images are also seen in reverse. The first part begins with the apocalyptic surface, with smoke rising off of it. Shreds of transparent corrugated plastic lie on the floor. In the second part, these shreds take to the air: these are the seconds immediately after the explosion, in which the debris splatters in every direction. In the final section, the proud columns stand upright: a perfect colonnade in the Palace of Queen Hecuba. The material, which is first used as dirty waste material, then as floating debris, and finally as Trojan columns, illustrates Andromache’s social career. Corrugated material can take on many forms, and as such it also contains an interesting contrast. As a pillar, it is rich and reacts beautifully to light, whereas as a shard it is shabby, and reminds us of shelters in refugee camps, which are the result of every war.
Jury selection for the National Dutch Theatre Festival 2017
Toneelschuur Producties 2016
text Koos Terpstra
director Paul Knieriem
light Coen Schut en Gé Wegman
costumes Jorine van Beek
sound Wessel Schrik