Despite all the [political issues that currently take place in Athens, fortunately people’s lives continue. And so does art and summer in Greece.. One of the best cultural remains that Greece has to show is the Athens and Epidaurus summer Festival. This year the Epidaurus Festival started during the most difficult weekend for politics and finance in Greece. Despite, though, the referendum, Epidaurus was crowded and once again the theatrical heritage of our ancestors was celebrated.
The Trojan women is the first play that was presented in the Festival on the 3rd and the 4th of July. This tragedy was presented with a nice flow ad a lot of respect of the director to the original play. The chorus was amazing, Kariofilia Karabeti was stunning as Hecuba and Nikos Psarros and Kora Karvouni really got connected with their characters.
The costumes had indications of grief (black color) both from modern and ancient times, the relation of Toy with East (fabrics), colors of showing the royal background of Hecuba and in general helping the play be more important than the background and the media used as surroundings.
A general overview for the play would be that it was a good play, full of touching feelings and presented with respect to the ancient theatre and not with extravagant modern innovations. The background was humble and minimal just to accompany the effort of the actors.
The only negative important thing about the play was that the actors did not use the acoustics of the theatre. Either because of lack of knowledge of how to expose their voice to an ancient theatre, or because of the director’s instructions, the actors were not using correctly the space of the chorus in order to show the amazing acoustics of the theatre. The actors had to do a lot of effort to shout to be heard whereas if they knew how to use the triangular space that improves the acoustic, their performance would be effortless.
Nevertheless, the play was really touching and the audience felt the vibes of the tragedy of the Trojan women. What a better start for a successful festival!
This year the Festival has ten plays.
About the play and production:
“At the Greek camp, on the coast of looted Troy, the captive women of Troy and their queen, Hecuba, bemoan their plight. Those members of the slaughtered royal family who are still alive will be given as slaves to the Greeks, while Hecuba’s grandson, the young Astyanax, is thrown off the battlements, a victim of the cruelty of the conquerors. The flames devastate Troy and the women, bereft of hope, are led to the ships which will carry them beyond the Aegean Sea, to live as slaves in the homes of the victors. In The Trojan Women, Euripides wrote an anti-war masterpiece in which he criticised the Athenians for the outrage they had committed a few months earlier against the inhabitants of the island of Milos, as well as for the Sicilian expedition they were preparing. Written in 415 BC, The Trojan Women is a relentless denunciation of the atrocities of war and a heartrending call for solidarity and humanity. Kariofillia Karabeti in the role of Hecuba. Cast: Maria Kitsou, Kora Karvouni, Constantina Takalou, Nikos Psarras, Themis Panou, Eleni Roussinou, Yassemi Kilaidoni, et al.”