Saturday, May 16 at the Greek theatre of Syracuse, Federico Tiezzi brought on stage ‘aIphigenia in Aulis’ revisited in a modern key. This is a girl in search of identity and meaning in her life, capable of extreme and radical choices as to offer herself in sacrifice as a Jihadist suicide bomber among the ranks of the Islamic State.
“The last Soliloquy of the protagonist is a kind of exalted and delerious harangue where it is felt she is desperately looking for her own identity, which is the only reason that can justify, let us understand the absurdity of an extreme gesture without any other justification. A bit like some young Muslims that attack in the name of faith, she does to save Greece, to allow the fleet to go to battle, taking off, as it is blocked by a persistent becalmed in Aulis and the soothsayer Calchas has invited his father, to dissolve the curse, to sacrifice his daughter who was perviously scared and then became convinced “.
So says Tajuddin telling of Euripides ‘ tragedy that will be staged on the occasion of the 51° cycle of classical plays of the National Institute of ancient drama. The Directorcites the teaching of Cesare Pavese who suggested to go to the classical world through modernity: “it’s what I have always done, taking in those Greek texts in modern interpretations of Brecht, by Muller, of Testori and now, for the first time, in the original, in the beautiful translation of Julius Guidorizzi, pupil of the Horn, who was very attentive to the text and ways of saying to return , for what was possible, the many rhythms of the verses of Euripides “.