the Polish Cultural Institute presents
Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice"
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS
based on Euripides
directed by Wlodzimierz Staniewski
Thursday, October 4, 2007 - Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
La MaMa Annex Theater
74 East 4th Street (betn 2nd Avenue & The Bowery), New York, NY
Tickets: $20 Tel: (212) 475-7710 or online at www.lamama.org
This carefully orchestrated experimental technique combines ancient texts & oral histories with indigenous performance skills and pure physical spectacle. - Phoebe Hoban, The New York Times
One of the few essential theatre companies working anywhere in the world. - Susan Sontag
The Staniewski Center for Theatre Practices, better known as Gardzienice, returns to La MaMa with the World Premiere of its newest production, IPHIGENIA AT AULIS directed and adapted from the Euripides classic by the renowned theatre artist Wlodzimierz Staniewski. The group debuted at La MaMa in 2001 with its Metamorphoses and came back with Elektra in 2005.
IPHIGENIA AT AULIS featuring original music by Zygmunt Konieczny, recognized as one of Poland's greatest composers for theater and film is a visual spectacle that examines how lives are affected by sacrifices made in the name of religion, politics and love. The production is performed in English, Polish and Ancient Greek, with scenes built on shadow and light, movement, gesture and music to tell Euripides' classic story of betrayal, deception, and sacrifice in a time of war.
Gardzienice has created IPHIGENIA AT AULIS, as it does all its works, over a period of several years, with periodic work-in-progress presentations, eventually incorporating the company's trademark use of classic texts, rural folk traditions, dance and music of Central and Eastern Europe into a singular evening of theatre. Productions feature an original musical score because of artistic director Staniewski's deeply held belief that music is "a key which opens the heart and soul."
The cast of IPHIGENIA AT AULIS, led by Mariusz Golaj and Joanna Holcgreber, includes Maniucha Bikont, Charlie Cattrall, Karolina Cicha, Anna Dabrowska, Benedict Hotchins, Justyna Jary, Tanushka Marah, Agnieszka Mendel, Marcin Mrowca, Jacek Timingeriu, and Barbara Wesolowska. Iphigenia At Aulis was created in association with National Stary Theatre in Krakow.
Supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.
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