In September 2022 the Dutch director of the MetamorphoSEA event, Sjoerd Wagenaar, had his first research trip to Eleusis. He visited the site of the Eleusianian Mysteries and learnt about the ancient history of the city of Eleusis. He also visited the Vlycha site where the show will take place and was profoundly shocked by the pollution of the seas caused by the dumped ships.
Pictured are Virginia Vassilakou and Yannis Pappas from CHORUS (local producers of the project), Sjoerd Wagenaar (director) and Claudia Woolgar (Brave New World Producties, co-producer) at a breakfast meeting in Eleusis.
CHORUS historian, Leonidas Argyros, shows Sjoerd around the site of Demeter’s Temple, site of the Eleusinian mysteries.
Sjoerd Wagenaar – shocked at the graveyard of dumped ships, site of the performance in September 2023.