The oldest surviving drama in the world tells of the Greek victory over the Persian fleet at the Battle of Salamis around 480 B.C. - and from the point of view of the defeated: After returning home, the Persian king Xerxes faces the reproaches of those who stayed at home. He laments the defeat and tears his splendid ruler's dress. The chorus of Persians weeps for the dead in an excessive mourning ritual. The German-Iranian director Sahar Rahimi examines the relationship of the West to the so-called Other. She transforms Aeschylus' linguistically powerful text into a powerful visual evocation.
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