7 against Thebes

Premiére date1994
Produced byVerdensteatret
Based onSeven against Thebes by Aiskhylos; Landscape with Argonauts by Heiner Müller
ExpressionsTheatre, Performance, Post-dramatic theatre, Video, Multimedia, Music, Political Theatre, Tragedy
Running period1994  
WebsiteSeven against Thebes

About 7 against Thebes

7 against Thebes (1994) by Verdensteatret merged Aeschylus' 7 against Thebes and the text of Heiner Müller's Landscape with Argonauts (Landschaft mit Argonauten). The music was by Biosphere.

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Enkelte videoklipp: filmgruppen SAGA og kunstgruppen TRIO, begge fra Sarajevo.
Musikk: Biosphere

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Press review

Writer and date unknown, Klassekampen [Oslo]:
"A performance which, despite some minor flaws, is impressively free and professional. Verdensteatret bases its work in classic myths and an eclectic selection of modern literature. [...] The production has room for many subtle transitions between humour and pain. We see the themes at many levels, and most sympathetic is it that these artists obviously have a wise relationship to the issues, filled with understanding. Verdensteatret has taken a significant step forward, and is no doubt among the independent theatre projects it will be exciting to follow."

More about 7 against Thebes

Aeschylus' tragedy describes a city in moral decline as the enemy besieges the city, standing outside the seven gates of Thebes. Further it explores the blood-stained logic of civil war.

Landscape with Argonauts is the last part of Müller's trilogy Despoiled Shores/Medea Material/Landscape with Argonauts, describing the Western project of civilisation as a conquest.

Performances not shown underneath the Performance dates list:


The Norwegian Theatre, "Action Sarajevo" Oslo, Norway.

Artist Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania

At Black Box Teater in Oslo 7 against Thebes was performed with Orfeo.


Buresund, Inger and Anne-Britt Gran (1996): Frie grupper og Black Box Teater. 1970-1995 (literally: Independent companies and Black Box Teater), adNotam Gyldendal, Oslo

Verdensteatret, verdensteatret.com, 04.10.2011, http://www.verdensteatret.com/seven.html