Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily

Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily, a short performance – taken from our 2016 production Dido & Aeneas: Remixed will be performed at the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Tall Ships Festival 2017 on Sunday April the 16th on the Bandstand New Capital Quay stage at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3.45pm.

It is adapted from Virgil’s The Aeneid and is a unique mixture of Purcell’s original music with a new electrical, beat driven soundscape; text, corporeal theatre and urban/lyrical dance. 

In July 2016 we were selected to perform this off-shoot extract, in front of the glorious Nereid Monument, at The British Museum as part of a free ‘Late’ event, Sicilian Splendour, that tied in with their main exhibition Sicily: Culture and Conquest.

Aeneas in Sicily is an exciting, physical delve into the legends of Scylla and Charybdis – the monster and whirlpool – who notoriously plagued ancient sailors, and a vibrant re-telling of the famous Cyclops episode, as immortalised in The Odyssey. It is told through the eyes of Aeneas, with the Carthaginian Queen Dido listening on and offering her help and admiration to a man she acknowledges as both a hero and a refugee.

It is performed by two actors, Noah Young and Genevieve Dunne, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Dates of performance:

The British Museum
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance (30mins)
22nd July 22nd 2016

Redbridge Central Library, Ilford
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance (30mins) & ‘Greek Chorus’ workshop (40mins)
24th October (3pm – 4.15pm)

Tall Ships Festival 2017, Greenwich Cutty Sark
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performances: April  16th 2017 11.30am, 1.30pm, 1.45pm