Premiere: 7 Novembver 2021, Theater Basel (Switzerland)

Creative Team: Krystian Lada (concept & stage director), Didzis Jaunzems (set design), Bente Rolandsdotter (costumes design), Stefan Bolliger (lighting design), Johannes Keller (music director)


The classical myth of Odysseus retold in the context of the current refugee crisis and the present-day fear of the otherness. This staging of Monteverdi’s opera is developed with participation of the local migrant communities of Basel. There are several resemblances between the mythological hero and the stories of people with experience of war and displacement nowadays. However, the directions of their journeys differ from each other: while Odysseus arrives back home after twenty years of travelling, refugees are confronted with the difficult task of settling in a new homeland and establish a new identities. Can their country of arrival become truly their new Ithaca? The part of Odysseus is performed on stage by a group of local men of all ages with a migrant background. Monteverdi’s music – performed by the instrumental ensemble I Musici de la Cetra – meets new electroacoustic composition by Nico Buzzi in this production.