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In the framework of the Cultural Program of Poland’s EU Presidency
Iphigenia in T… on Euripides’ „Iphigenia In Tauris”, in direction of Wlodzimierz Staniewski by the Center for Theater Practices Gardzienice
Euripides’ play (one of Aristotle’s favourites), Iphigenia in Tauris, portrays Iphigenia as a priestess in the Taurians’ temple of Artemis in the southwestern Crimea after her miraculous escape from being sacrificed at Aulis by her father Agamemnon. Orestes, Iphigenia’s brother and his friend Pylades, in obedience to an oracle, arrive in Tauris to steal the image of Artemis revered by the Taurians who also practice human sacrifice of strangers. In an ingenuous escape, the Greeks leave, along with statue of Artemis which is to be installed in Halae near Brauron in Attica where Iphigenia will become Artemis’ priestess.
Gardzienice’s production, the Iphigenia at T…directed by Wlodzimierz Staniewski, is inspirational in thinking about devoutness, the different tiers of development in modern Europe and a timely performance in the present European crisis.
The pace is turbulent, the movement incessant, the performance styles inspired by ongoing ethno-musicological researches and interactions, creating extraordinary vocal effects and physical gestures achieved with passionate commitment and discipline by Staniewski’s remarkable actors.
The fundamental theatrical concept melds ancient Greek iconography in striking ways with eastern European—especially Polish and Georgian—Christianity. On the screen above the action on the upper level, photographs of statues of Artemis, including a version of the many-breasted Ephesian Artemis, are interspersed with the medieval traditional rites, still performed for the ancient ‘Black Madonna of Czestochowa’, who is a national symbol in Poland, and certainly its most revered religious icon.
The languages sung and spoken are Polish, English and ancient Greek and there are subtitles in modern Greek.
Edith Hall and Yana Sistovari
|The Author of the performance:||WŁODZIMIERZ STANIEWSKI|
|The Author’s assistant:||JOANNA HOLCGREBER|
|The Actors:||MARIUSZ GOŁAJ,
|The Musicians:||MATEUSZ RUSIŃSKI,
|Academic consultant:||YANA SISTOVARI|
|Subtitles’ animation:||MARTA PAJEK|
|Recording of ancient Greek text:||ARMAND D’ANGOUR|
|Music:||traditional from Black Sea region and reconstructions of ancient Greek music|
The project is supported by Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as The Embassy of Poland in Athensin the framework of The Cultural Program of Poland’s EU Presidency.
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