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Reconciliation

1 December 2011

On 21 October the stage of the Nationwide Theatre in Yerevan was the scene of an effort to overcome geographical borders. The play Descendants, written by Turkish playwright Sedef Ecer, which has been performed in five languages, was performed before an Armenian audience.
The performance has been brought to life by the Rec>ON (Reconciliation) project and is being implemented in 4 countries: Armenia, Turkey, Germany and France. The aim was to overcome geographical, historical and psychological borders through the play and to think about reconciliation.
“As a director, I am always interested in geopolitical topics which can be performed on stage”, said the director of Descendants, Bruno Freyssinet, during the press conference before the play.
Ecer presents torturers, victims and witnesses, as well as their descendants. “I was more interested in the feelings and sufferings that remained after the Genocide both in the torturer and in the victim. The protagonists of the play are silence and lies which spring from the past… I know, that the play will be perceived differently in all the different countries, but I am sure that the sharpest debate will be evoked in Turkey”, Ecer declared.
The project will be also implemented in member states starting from January 2011 up until the first months of 2012. After being performed in Armenia Descendants will also be staged in France, Turkey and Germany.
The project is financed by the European Union (€200,000) and implemented by French organisation La Transplanisphere and the National Theatre in association with German Förderband Kuturinitiativ Berlin and Turkish Anadolu Kultur organisations.

Reconciliation

On 21 October the stage of the Nationwide Theatre in Yerevan was the scene of an effort to overcome geographical borders. The play Descendants, written by Turkish playwright Sedef Ecer, which has been performed in five languages, was performed before an Armenian audience. The performance has been brought to life by the Rec>ON (Reconciliation) project and is being implemented in 4 countries: Armenia, Turkey, Germany and France. The aim was to overcome geographical, historical and psychological borders through the play and to think about reconciliation. “As a director, I am always interested in geopolitical topics which can be performed on stage”, said the director of Descendants, Bruno Freyssinet, during the press conference before the play. Ecer presents torturers, victims and witnesses, as well as their descendants. “I was more interested in the feelings and sufferings that remained after the Genocide both in the torturer and in the victim. The protagonists of the play are silence and lies which spring from the past… I know, that the play will be perceived differently in all the different countries, but I am sure that the sharpest debate will be evoked in Turkey”, Ecer declared. The project will be also implemented in member states starting from January 2011 up until the first months of 2012. After being performed in Armenia Descendants will also be staged in France, Turkey and Germany. The project is financed by the European Union (€200,000) and implemented by French organisation La Transplanisphere and the National Theatre in association with German Förderband Kuturinitiativ Berlin and Turkish Anadolu Kultur organisations.