• Nick Van Elsen


Updated: Jan 27, 2019

Greek drama deals with terrifying stories that have stuck to Western consciousness like leeches.(Rush Rhem)

As part of my final year's exam at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, I will make a music theatre play based on the 'Bakchai' by Euripides. However, it won't be just a reenactment of the original. I made my own interpretation which is based on todays burning topic about women that traveled to Syria to serve ISIS. Bakchai itself already deals the topic of an extremist religion/cult that wants to impose itself to other cultures.

Why the title 'EUOI'?

Euoi is the cry the followers of Dionysos shout when they are going into ecstacy. Actually it means something good since the Greek word 'eu' (good) is in it. In my interpretation it is linked to the cry that terrorists shout before they commit an attack. Both short and powerful, it summarizes everything I want to express: something that first seems to be good (going to Syria) but actually has a totally different outcome.

On this page of my website you can follow how this project will come together step by step. Also my master research is linked to Greek tragedy and will support the understanding of these plays in order to create a new version that also leaves a message for the audience, like they did more than 2000 years ago.

Photo: Odeion of Herodes Atticus, one of the theatre sites at the Akropolis.


Nick Van Elsen - Composer - Engraver