CULTURE

The Atreid family heads home

The well-traveled Atreids will find themselves back at their place of birth tomorrow, as part of a particularly exciting production that will take place at the ancient site of Mycenae. Agamemnon, Orestes, Clytemnestra, Electra and Iphigeneia will be appearing on stage in a production put together by the Argolis Cultural and Sports Organization (The organization is currently exploring the possibility of using various regional ancient sites for a number of cultural projects). An emotionally charged location, Mycenae will play host to a performance in which prominent Greek artists will reveal the passion, hatred and relationships of the House of Atreus. The mythical figures of the Atreids will be interpreted through ancient and contemporary texts: Sophocles’ «Oresteia» and Euripides’ «Iphigeneia in Tauris» will be accompanied by Jean-Paul Sartre’s «Les Mouches» (The Flies), Yiannis Ritsos’s «Fourth Dimension» and Marguerite Yourcenar’s «Fires.» The task of selecting and editing the texts which will be performed was undertaken by Louisa Mitsakou and Nikos Sakalidis – the latter also directed the performance – while percussion was chosen by Costas Theodorakos as the production’s musical backdrop. Dimitra Siaterli is in charge of sets and Filippos Koutsaftis of the lighting. One of the most exciting aspects of tomorrow’s unique performance is that the works of Sophocles, Euripides, Sartre, Ritsos and Yourcenar will be interpreted by well-respected Greek actors. Minas Hadzisavvas, Olia Lazaridou, Lazaros Georgakopoulos, Themis Bazaka, Stavros Zalmas and Chryssa Spilioti were chosen to bring to life these eternal characters, who have survived down the centuries and millennia. The actors’ task will be to talk to their audience and pass on the message that these characters are still valid today. Minas Hadzisavvas will interpret Agamemnon and Olia Lazaridou (who replaced Eleni Hadziargyri) will take the role of Clytemnestra. Lazaros Georgakopoulos and Stavros Zalmas will alternate in the role of Orestes, Themis Bazaka plays Iphigeneia and Chryssa Spilioti takes on the role of Electra. For more information, contact the Argolis Cultural and Sports Organization at 27520.24818.