Nicosia will showcase two stories that have everything to do with women and the role they play in society in addition to the identity they give to themselves.
As part of the Faneromeni Festival 17, the ancient tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides will unfold at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation on Thursday in a show designed especially for the festival and the foundation’s amphitheatre.
The tragedy, in a new translation and adaptation, revolves around a fleet trapped in a harbour. A group of soldiers led by Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War, are trapped at Aulis because there are no favourable winds. Aulis is a liminal place, a non-place, a place where time has stopped. With nowhere to go, the decision is made to slaughter an innocent girl to please the goddess Artemis who will release the winds and let the ships sail to Troy. The innocent girl is Iphigeia, Agamemnon’s daughter.
Agamemnon sends a message home that Iphigenia should go to Aulis to marry the Greek warrior Achilles before he sets off to fight. She is thrilled at the idea and sets off with her mother Clytemnestra and her brother Orestes. The innocent girl falls for the trap and after realising the situation she finds herself in, she consents to her sacrifice.
Members of the audience will be called on to participate in specific moments of the show as a chorus of citizens. Together with these audience members – and accompanied by live music – a six-member chorus will narrate the tragic story of Iphigenia.
Meanwhile, the Kypria International Festival 2017 will present the dance performance (ID) Double, which will see one woman take to the stage on Sunday and Monday in Nicosia, and on Wednesday in Limassol to use her body to tell the story of a woman’s quest for identity.
Straight from the stage in Canada, dancer Laurie-Anne Langis will present this performance for the first time in Cyprus. Langis will be confronted by the uproar of her own contradictions as her moves display a sharp reflection of a society that is often lost between a phantasmagorical representation of oneself and reality. This intensified duality, which is choreographed by Louis-Elyan Martin together with Langis, evolves throughout the performance and traces the ambiguous architecture of a collective notion.
Iphigenia in Aulis
Performance of the tragedy. September 21. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. In Greek. Tel: 22-128157
A dance performance to do with a woman’s quest for her own identity. September 24-25. THOC, Nicosia. 8.30pm. € 5/10. Tel: 77-772717
September 27. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. € 10/8/5. Tel: 25-343902