Iphigenia in Tauris

Euripides

 

directed by Thomas Moschopoulos

music by Kornilios Selamsis

choreography by Sophia Paschou


National Theatre of Northern Greece / Athens & Epidaurus Festival
 

July - September 2014


Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus │ Ancient Theatre of Dion │Ancient Theatre of Philippi │ Forest Theatre Thessaloniki

“Written at a time which was especially difficult for the Republic of Athens, one can describe it as an offering of hope and tender consolation on the part of Euraipides,” the distinguished director explains. This is a masterfully constructed play, filled with lyricism, which became a point of reference for the subsequent European humanist tradition and the Enlightenment. “In our time, where barbarities similar to those that take place in the ‘land of the Tauri’ appear – sadly – less and less mythical, the enlisting of intelligence and ethos and the rejection of senseless violence which will lead the main characters to the happy end of the play should be gladly received.” - Thomas Moschopoulos

“The humans aren’t heroes anymore. Euripides glorifies ormality. He expounds a woman encompassing the whole female universe: reason, emotion, intelligence and the obsession to narrate her story as an act of resistance against oblivion. Euripides defiles deity only because he is deeply religious. He reestablishes god. Iphigenia was a person with no choice. Chosen as a victim and then chosen again to become a perpetrator. He suggests we let go the constructed divine laws, as an excuse for our behavior, and accept the responsibility of our actions.” A. Moutousi

Cast: Amalia Moutoussi, Christos Stylianou, Giorgos Chryssostomou, Michalis Syriopoulos, Giorgos Kolovos, Anastassis Roilos, Anna Kalaitzidou, Chryssa Ioannidou

Chorus: Eleftheria Angelitsa, Orestis Chalkias, Apollon Drikoudis, Manos Galanis, Daphni Kiourktsoglou, Maria Konstanta, Antonis Michalopoulos, Marianna Pourenga, Alexia Sapranidou, Eftychia Spyridaki, Chryssa Toumanidou, Pantelis Vassilopoulos, Momo Vlachou, Aristotelis Zacharakis, Stephania Zora