In October of 2018, a terrible storm took down many of Friuli’s Norway spruces, destroying an entire forest of them in the Carnic Prealps. Today, some of those trees live a second “life”, in the spotlight of the set for Euripides’s “The Trojan Women”, designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti for the Greek Theater in Syracuse, Sicily. The tragedy, directed by Muriel Mayette-Holtz, will be on between 10 May and 23 June 2019, promoted by the INDA Foundation.
The tree trunks stand bare, echo of the disaster that hit them – just like the women in the drama lose everything, yet find new strength in their resilience.
The truth is that today a tragedy that comes from the depths of time is there to remind us the follies of men, Boeri has commented.
[T]his tragedy is performed on stage probably in a moment of history when the extremely long times of the evolution of the planet seem to coincide with our daily choices and force us to face our responsibilities towards the natural environment.
In its bare and essential geometry, the “Dead Forest” is so sharp it almost scars our conscience with the tragedies of humanity, becoming a warning that is much more powerful than a simple set or work of landscape art. The trees reaffirm their “right to exist”, like the women of Troy in Euripides’s masterpiece show their dignity, despite the pain they carry as victims of the war.
By Barbara Palladino
Syracuse Greek Theater