Distinguished director Kostas Papakostopoulos, known in Germany for this pioneering ancient drama productions, this year sees his theater group, “Greek-German Theater”, complete 27 years of creativity in Germany, and following last year’s successful performance of “Antigone”, he returns to Athens with “Iphigenia”, a work written by him and inspired by the Euripides tragedy “Iphigenia in Aulis”. The play, presented to great acclaim at Koln’s Bauturm Theater, will be hosted at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation for a single performance on October 13.
The play is the second part of a trilogy titled “Dearly beloved Hubris”, which deals with the crisis of Democracy in present-day Europe. In the first half of 2016, Papakostopoulos filmed refugees in Germany recounting their own experiences, escape stories, and hope in their new homeland. He then combined this material with his own texts and extracts from Euripides’ tragedy “Iphigenia in Aulis”, to produce this performance, where ancient drama meets modern documentary theater.
In it, as a Union of Free Nations, Greece refers to modern Europe, while Troy hints at its ultimate goal of prevailing over the International Markets. The arrival of refugees in the play poses problems to the Union’s cohesion, but also to its own existence, which requires an immediate solution.
The performance will be presented with Greek surtitles.
You can watch a video trailer for the performance here.
Where: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
When: Friday, October 13; 9:00 pm
General admission: €12 (students: €8)