Cultural

„Iphigenia In Tauris”
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation | The Embassy of Poland |

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

Duration: 65 minutes

PRODUCTION CREDITS

The Author of the performance: WŁODZIMIERZ STANIEWSKI
The Author’s assistant: JOANNA HOLCGREBER
The Actors: MARIUSZ GOŁAJ,
JOANNA HOLCGREBER,
MARCIN MROWCA,
DOROTA KOŁODZIEJ,
AGNIESZKA MENDEL,
ANNA DĄBROWSKA,
JAMES BRENNAN,
MARTIN QUINTELA,
ARTEM MANUILOV,
EMILIA RAITER
The Musicians: MATEUSZ RUSIŃSKI,
EMILIA RAITER
Light: PAWEŁ KIESZKO
Sound: MACIEJ ZNAMIEROWSKI
Multimedia: KRZYSZTOF DZIWNY,
KAROL GRABIEC
Costumes: MONIKA ONOSZKO
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.
Buy tickets with credit card:
Over the phone at 210 3418579 Mon- Fri 11:00- 14:00

Tickets are also available at the Foundation’s Box Office (Piraeus 206, Tavros) Mon-Fri 11:00 – 14:00 as well as one hour before the performance

Ticket pre-sales available at PUBLIC stores.

Public Open hours:
Saturday, 09:00 – 20:00
Daily, 09:00 – 21:00

Hall: Theatre

Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 October 2011

Time: 21:00

Suitable for over 16 years old

Address: Piraeus 206, Tavros, Athens
Information +30 210-3418550

Tickets:

€15, Students/ Holders of Unemployment Card & Multi – child family Card & European Youth Card & Culture Card (Ministry of Culture)/ Disabled People/ Over 65 years old: €10

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