Legend of the Great Birth (2018-Year of Cultural heritage project)
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Legend of the Great Birth (LeGreBi) Project
Mythology is a very important part of the intangible cultural heritage of Europe. It is consisted of a complex system of stories that are transferred from generation to generation and form a very significant basis of the identity of every country.
The Legend of the Great Birth (LeGreBi) project is aiming to use the power that mythology has in the development of identities in order to promote a common European identity and highlight commonalities in the roots of the European people. For this reason, it aims to develop a common theatrical performance that will include elements from the mythologies of most of the European traditions (Greek, Nordic, Celtic, Dacian, Latin, Slavic) and will highlight the common elements and similarities rather than differences. This connection will allow the reflection of the audience on the belonging in a common European space and will raise the awareness of common European cultural heritage. The myths are diverse but also united promoting the “United in Diversity” motto of the European Union.
The myth that was selected in order to form the basis of these performances is the myth of creation (myth of great birth) because it is a myth that is present in all mythologies and has different symbolisms. It symbolizes a new beginning and it also symbolizes the process of European integration that started from chaos.
The project is going to present about 60 performances (totally) based on a common scenario that includes elements of all the mythological traditions mentioned above. This common scenario is going to be put in the scene in 6 different countries and performed in local language by local actors. 4-5 actors will perform on stage and the performance will include music, costumes, video etc. In order to highlight this common European dimension, the common axis-hero that will connect the different elements of the mythological traditions of the different countries is going to be the mythological figure of Europa (the beautiful woman that was abducted by Zeus transformed in a bull which gave her name to the continent). Europa is traveling (in video projection, as a live actor or as a puppet) and is able to make connections between the different myths. Europa is going also to be the main narrator of the performance.