Hecuba - Cyclop

2000-2001 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Hecuba - Cyclop - Euripides
Launch: Theatro Dassous, 11/07/2001

A grand production that will be much talked about this summer. An avant-garde play presented by the National Theatre of Northern Greece. A combined performance ?f two significant plays from the dramaturgy of Ancient Greece, that may share the same author, but do not cease to differ as concerns their style and intentions. The tragedy 'Hecube' probes into the limits of human endurance, that in time becomes superhuman, and ends up inhuman. The poignant adventures of queen Hecube, who watches her glory vanish along with the looted city of Troy, and her children killed or enslaved by the Greek conquerors, are not complete until she herself receives the ultimate blow and decides to become an avenger rather than a victim, by taking Justice into her own hands, just when it seems to have been forgotten by both god and man. In a uniquely resourceful way, the action moves on to the satire 'Cyclops', that contains an episode from Homer staged in the cave of Polyphimos. In a quest for the God Dionysus - who has been abducted by pirates - Silinos and his sons the satyrs are captured by Cyclops and saved by Ulysseus, whose ship runs aground on this inhospitable island, as part of his adventures during his search for Ithaca. Based on this text by the most subversive of tragic poets, the directors follow a path that highlights the cohesive links between the two plays. Their aim is to shed light on the innermost depths of human idiosyncrasy with its passions and weaknesses that jointly lead both plays to their culmination. The presentation of these two plays by Euripides is the result of research carried out on the workings of ancient drama. The performance's diptych brings to the stage a sequence familiar in ancient times: the defusion of the tragic 'catharsis' that has been brought about through 'pity and fear', with the satirical drama following the tragedy as a form of comic release. Therefore it is only natural that for both directors of this performance - Diagoras Chronopoulos, who is directing 'Hecube', and Yiannis Rigas, who is directing 'Cyclops' - the synthesis of such a sequence, which is supported by special researchers, constitutes a real challenge.

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Playwright: Euripides
Costumes: Giorgos Ziakas
Choreography: Olympia Sideridou
Lighting: Andreas Bellis
Music Instruction: Nikos Voudouris
Assistant Director: Dimitris Lignadis
Assistant Choreographer: Stella Krouska
Special constructions: Tina Parali
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Playwright: Euripides
Translation: K.H. Myris
Director: Giannis Rigas
Costumes: Giorgos Ziakas
Choreography: Olympia Sideridou
Lighting: Andreas Bellis
Music Instruction: Nikos Voudouris
Assistant Director: Alexandros Moukanos
Assistant Choreographer: Stella Krouska
Special constructions: Tina Parali
18 performances - 23.394 spectators
Theatro Dassous (11/07/2001 - 13/07/2001)
Ancient Theatre of Philippi, Kavala (20/07/2001)
Siviri Amphitheatre, Halkidiki (25/07/2001)
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (03/08/2001 - 04/08/2001)
Summer Tour (22/08/2001 - 10/09/2001)
Ancient Theatre of Dion (25/08/2001)
Roman Oden, Patra (31/08/2001 - 01/09/2001)
Theatro Dassous (15/09/2001 - 18/09/2001)
Filippoi Festival
Kassandra Festival
Epidaurus Festival
Olympus Festival