Classics Confidential:Prodromos Tsinikoris on Telemachos …

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An interview with actor and director Prodromos Tsinikoris, about his recent production ‘Telemachos: Should I Stay or Should I Go?’

“Two young Greek artists, Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris, and a distinguished German dramatist, Jens Hillje, take Greek immigrants in Germany since the nineteen sixties as their ‘living material’ in the unique spectacle they bring to the OCC stage.
The older generation of immigrants, the Gastarbeiter, and Greeks fleeing the current economic crisis meet in an on-stage production/documentary. The protagonists in this ‘theatre of the real’ are not actors but the Greeks of Germany themselves—old and young, university professors and manual labourers, casino owners and waiters. Each one a modern-day Ulysses, they tell their stories to the audience, either live on stage or in recorded audio-visual material. Alongside them, the young actor/director Prodromos Tsinikoris, who was born in Germany but lives in Greece, completes this contemporary rhapsody as another Telemachos, personifying his generation’s homeland dilemma: “Should I stay or should I go?”. Homer’s Odyssey, the monumental epic of wandering and homecoming, becomes the connecting thread running through this theatrical documentary.”

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