The Patria Cycle
Asterion is the seventh part of R. Murray Schafer’s Patria Cycle, which consists of twelve music dramas that explore the journey of two archetypal characters Wolf/Theseus and Princess of the Stars/Ariadne.
"My idea was that two principal characters, a man and a woman, would engage in a search for one another through a labyrinth of
different cultures and social
twistings almost as if they
represented the split halves of
the same being...They might
return with various guises
and different names but the
quest for unity and the
homeland they were seeking
would always be the same."
In several of the works, including Asterion, the lovers’ quest is complicated by a third character—the Minotaur/Three-Horned Enemy—who symbolizes the forces of dark and light, good and evil, both in the world and within each individual
Because Asterion is based on a dynamic audience-performer relationship and an innovative rethinking of theatrical space, it has the potential to be the most ground-breaking work of the Patria Cycle.