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THE TROJAN WOMEN

Euripides

     
Premiere 12.4.2018
SNG Nova Gorica
90 min 
 

 

The Trojan War is over, all the Trojan heroes have fallen; in front of the burning rubble of the once famous city the Trojan women and their children are waiting to go into Greek slavery. The women, lead by the aged queen Hecuba, decry their sad fate and that of their city. The Queen's daughter Cassandra is destined to become a concubine to Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae, her daughter in law, Andromache, a wife to Achilles's son, while her daughter Polyxena will be sacrificed on Achilles's grave, and the queen herself will be a slave to Odysseus. Even Andromache's son, their last hope for the revival of the city, has been destined to die by the merciless winners. The Trojan women blame the beautiful Helen for all the evil that has befallen them; she was the one whom Prince Paris had effortlessly taken from the Spartan King Menelaus, the perpetrator of this war. The women's confrontation is merciless, but it cannot ease the tragedy of the post-war suffering. While the burning city is turning into rubble, the Trojan women are being forced to leave their native land and enter slavery.

 

Euripides's tragedy from 415 BC is set into the mythological era of the Trojan war, but is most likely the playwright's commentary to the then pertinent Peloponnesus war in which Athens was fighting Sparta; perhaps even to the Athenian march to the neutral island of Melos and the slaughter or enslavement of its population. Euripides's ideas were revolutionary and revolting to Athens then, so he often ended up second in drama competitions. In his works, he often spoke for the "humiliated and disrespected", for slaves, women and, as in the Trojan women, for prisoners from a city hostile to Athens. The play is a condemnation of unjust wars, it questions the responsibility and guilt for them, so it is understandable that it has often been staged in the contexts of the then-current political circumstances. The most famous adaptation was the one by Jean Paul Sartre, which includes implicit criticism of European imperialism in Asia, and in 1971 Mihalis Kakogiannis made a film with Katherine Hepburn in the main role. The first Slovenian staging is director Jaša Koceli's debut on the SNG Nova Gorica stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by    Jaša Koceli 
Dramaturgy    Ana Kržišnik Blažica 
Translation    Jera Ivanc 
Set design    Darjan Mihajlović Cerar 
Costume design   Branka Pavlič
Music   Miha Petric
Choreography   Tajda Podobnik
Singing tutor   Marta Kosturska
Lecture   Srečko Fišer
Photography   Mankica Kranjec
Lighting design   Samo Oblokar
Make up   Tina Prpar
     
              Cast: 
     
Poseidon   Kristijan Guček
Athena   Helena Peršuh
Hecuba   Marjuta Slamič
Cassandra   Raiven
Andromache   Patrizia Jurinčič Finžgar
Helen   Arna Hadžialjević
Talthybius   Jure Kopušar
Menelaus   Miha Nemec (glas)
Astyanax   Isaak Hrovatin /
Lev Lipušček
Warrior   Siniša Bukinac
Chorus leader   Ana Facchini
Chorus   Dušanka Ristič
Mojca Cej
Vida Fabčič
Hana Ferizović
Kati Harej
Petra Kolenc
Ajda Podgornik Valič
Helena Simčič
Barbara Simčič Veličkov
Anja Trobec
Lucija Zorn
Ana Žnidarčič
Poet  

Farah Chamma

 

 

      

Photo: Mankica Kranjec

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Video trailer: Aljaž Novak 

 


Promo photo: Mankica Kranjec

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Video teaser: Mankica Kranjec

 


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