Ifigenia

Verk Produksjoner asks questions about the world and the theatre. This desire characterizes VP’s version of the classic drama Iphigenia in Aulis, written by Euripides in the 4th century BC. In the play the Greek commander Agamemnon offers to sacrifice his daughter to gods to have favourable winds to sail to Troy. Verk has been strongly influenced by Finn Iunker, who delights in ridiculing some of the world’s greatest literary heroes. At the same time Verk identifies with Iunker’s playful approach to the theatre as an art form.

Verk’s Ifigeneia is a political farce that has its roots in Greek tragedy. Social critique is directed at the insanity of war and the complete lack of a feasible reason for a war. With subdued vaudeville, epic acting and tragic clowns, the company reconstructs the events in the harbour of Aulis. They turn the story into trashy, satirical action with political undercurrents. Ifigeneia was nominated as the “best performance of the year” for this years Hedda prize. Hedda is the biggest theatre prize in Norway.

 

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