Himmelweg (Way to Heaven)
by Juan Mayorga
Athens Festival 2019, Piraeus 260.
At a concentration camp for Jewish people near Prague, a show of appearances is on
display. Berlin’s Nazi government chooses certain prisoners and forces them to fabricate an image of decent living conditions in order to appease the public opinion. Red Cross representatives, alarmed by the rumours about the conditions at the camp, pay a visit to Terezín, a ghetto (doubling as a camp) where everything seems to be ‘normal.’ Upon their return from the camp, they are to testify on the board and healthcare provided to the prisoners. Himmelweg, however, is far more than a mere re-enactment of historic facts.
The Holocaust remains a powerful memory; however, even more powerful are the allusions to contemporary reality. We are interested in the process of fabricating lies; conceiving a plan for deceiving others; the perfection of this mechanism; the ease or predilection of humanity to succumb to what is seemingly normal. How and why do we turn a blind eye on things? What forms and shapes do rebellion and submission take? Above all, what are people’s dreams and nightmares, both of those in power and of their respective victims?
Translation: Maria Chatziemmanouil
Direction: Elena Karakouli
Concept – Art direction: Eva Nathena
Set and costume design: Evelina Darzenta
Movement direction: Phaedra Soutou
Original music – Music design: Violet Louise
Video artist: Angelos Papadopoulos
Lighting design: Nikos Vlassopoulos
Foyer design and visuals: Alegia Papageorgiou
Make-up artist: Katerina Michaloutsou
Nikos Psarras, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Thanasis Dimou, Ilias Andreou, Elli Papanikolaou, Melissanthi Regoukou
Video appearance by the actress Kitty Paitazoglou and the following volunteers:
Aris Alexopoulos, Sotiris Anastasiou, Stelios Barabas, Konstantinos Dimosthenou,
Odysseas Dimosthenous, Antonis Fanartzis, Nikos Flevaris, Giorgos Kokkonas, Ektoras Hofmann, Katerina Lazopoulou, Manos Lignos, Vangelis Lykoudis, Iro Oikonomopoulou, Panos Psarras, Kostas Siotas, Gavriil Tompalidis, Thodoris Tompalidis, Alexis Tsakalakos, Isabella Tsakalia, Aspa Tsaousaki, Pantelis Vallianos