IPHIGENIA AT AULIS by Euripides
THE IO MYERS THEATRE at the UNIVERSITY OF NSW 1999
School of Theatre Music and Dance.
IPHIGENIA at Aulis BY EURIPIDES
we created the PROLOGUE around a DINING TABLE which recounted the story of the Trojan wars - the surrounding PLOT and CONTEXT; The NAMES of the gods and warriors and the hierarchical ORDER of gods and half gods and mortals SO that the AUDIENCE could relax and enjoy the dramatisation WITHout having to work out the COMPLEXITIES of WHO'S WHO.
CHORUS work was CENTRAL to the rehearsal process, I still had LES ATRIDES in my bones - some years ago I had worked on Mnouchkine's Greek Trilogy. CIXOUS worked on it with Mnouchkine and used to visit the rehearsals, the whole system of rehearsal at the Theatre DU Soleil influenced me deeply because I recognised what it had UNLEASHED in the actors and HOW it had given the ACTORs access to their IMAGINATIONS and I was besotted with the GREEKS ever since then. The concepts of COLLECTIVE development of CHARACTER and training in chorus work were PRIME.
ACHILLES was late for rehearsals, a science student who pronounced himself before the whole class - I want to STUDY the ARTS, and ACTING but my FAMILY won't let me, so I am doing THIS course somewhat secretly. HE was the only one with the courage to enter the STAGE as A bridled STALLION and become Achilles before CLYTAMNESTRA'S gaze.
IF each STUDENT had an experience like his, just once, and felt the music in their hearts and the power of their imagination the world would be a better place. Our brave ACHILLES continued his studies in the sciences, deeply satisfied.