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Iphigenia in Aulis


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Director Lorna Marshall:

A family, national honour, a war fought on high principles. But what happens when the needs of the war machine demand the life of a child? When the honourable justification for war is a cover for greed and self interest? How do we live with the choices we make?

Euripides wrote "Iphigenia at Aulis" at the end of his life, after witnessing decades of war in Greece - victory, defeat, and the price that people pay. Sadly, what was true around 400 BC, is still true today. Certain problems never go away, it seems.

This is a powerful piece, not only in its timeless subject matter, but also in its style - Euripides was not afraid to juxtapose dark comedy against the tragedy of human choices, or to put psychological realism alongside the physical energy of the chorus.

Exciting, tragic, funny - this is a masterwork from a master writer. One which cuts to the heart of human choice.

This is the first Estonian production of the play, and the text has been translated especially for this production, giving modern audiences a chance to encounter the heroes of the ancient world - Agamemnon, Menalaos, Achilles, and Klytaimnestra.

Iphigenia In Aulis
Translator Anne Lill

Director Lorna Marshall
On stage Tambet Tuisk, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Jaak Prints, Mirtel Pohla, Eva Klemets, Marika Vaarik, Risto Kübar ja Gert Raudsep

Lorna Marshall has worked in theatre for many years as a teacher, director and performance consultant. She has trained with Jacques LeCoq and Etienne Decroux in Paris, and then studied the Japanese theatre forms of Noh, Kabuki and Butoh. In recent years she has worked closely with Yoshi Oida (from Peter Brook’s company) and has collaborated with him on several productions and two books (‘The Invisible Actor’ and ‘An Actor Adrift’). She has also published her own work: ‘The Body Speaks’. Lorna runs workshops on creative process across the globe for performers, singers, directors and teachers and is Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In last spring she had a workshop with the actors of Theatre NO99. Thanks to the mutual inspiration they decided to continue coworking.

Photos: Siim Reispass