Europe as seen by the stranger and Europe’s other side. In 2014, Milo Rau debuted his European trilogy at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts: through the biographies of his actors, The Civil Wars questioned what might push young Europeans to wage jihad in the Middle East. In 2015, The Dark Ages looked east, weaving together the war experiences of his German, Russian, Serbian and Bosnian actors. Blending the histories of his performers and theatre scripts, Empire is now looking south. The play follows the journeys of migrants and refugees who land on the shores of the Aegean Sea, and whose tragic fate resonates with the myths of Ancient Greece. What do these trajectories say about Europe today, about its past and its future? A naturalistic odyssey that also probes the mechanism of the art of theatre itself. Pure brilliance.