IPHIGENIA AT LESVOS is DOCUMENTARY MUSIC THEATER, a play about a woman’s experience of war, fusing documentary film with live music and dance theater.
Performing along with a documentary film of refugees fleeing today’s wars, on stage, Iphigenia re-writes the ancient Greek myth. Contrary to Euripides’s plays, our Iphigenia rebels against Fate and Death. She fights back and survives. She boards a boat on a Turkish shore and crosses to the island of Lesvos. IPHIGENIA IN LESVOS is a requiem for those who drowned, a hymn to life for those who survived, and a call for justice for those left behind.
ACT 1. WAR IS BREWING. WEDDING IS ANNOUNCED.
Accompanied by pulse of war, a chorus of soldiers sweat out their impatience to go to battle in a “dabke” dance. Nothing will stop them: neither Nature’s warning, nor Wind’s unwillingness to blow, nor desperate plea of Iphigenia who has been summoned for her wedding. Blood will be spilled.
ACT 2. FUNERAL WEDDING
To joyful wedding music, soldiers and bridesmaids celebrate much anticipated Iphigenia’s wedding. But instead she is sacrificed to start a war. In accordance with Syrian tradition, the wedding is still celebrated during the funeral.
ACT 3. CROSSING OVER
To the somber measures of a requiem, Iphigenia and a chorus of women are tortured and raped in a war prison. Iphigenia decides to survive and escape by sea. As she gives respect to the drowned and the dead by reciting their names, she asserts her desire to live and love.
Marion Schoevaert, Director (www.marionschoevaert.net)