Director’s Statement

IPHIGENIA AT LESVOS is a FILM OPERA. Performing along with a documentary film of refugees fleeing today’s wars, on stage Iphigenia re-writes the ancient Greek myth/ Euripides’s plays. She rebels against fathers, generals, kings, presidents, gods, fate and death. She fights back and survives. She sings requiem for those who died and a hymn to life and justice.

ACT 1. WAR IS BREWING. WEDDING IS ANNOUNCED.
Inspired by “dabke” dance, a chorus of soldiers sweat out their desire to go to war. Not Iphigenia’s plea, or father’s guilt, or Nature’s warning or Wind’s unwillingness to blow will stop the war. Blood must be spilled.

ACT 2. FUNERAL WEDDING
Inspired by a Syrian ritual, when a young person dies, there is still a celebration of the wedding they never had. Like in Euripides, Iphigenia is sacrificed during her “wedding”.

ACT 3. CROSSING OVER
Despite torture, rape and her brother’s PTSD, hardly breathing Iphigenia decides to survive and escape by sea to the other side. As a single voice from the abyss of the sea, she asserts her desire to live and love.

Marion Schoevaert, Director (www.marionschoevaert.net)