- Jean Racine
- Chloé Dabert
- Performed by
- Elsa Agnès, Yann Boudaud, Bénédicte Cerutti, Olivier Dupuy, Sébastien Eveno, Anne-Lise Heimburger, Julien Honoré, Arthur Verret
Created for the Avignon Festival in 2018, this contemporary vision of Racine’s tragedy draws on the very source of myth to shine a light into the darkest depths of war and religious fanaticism.
In Iphigénie, Jean Racine takes us to the heart of one of the episodes in the Trojan war. The Greek forces have not yet managed to seize this famous city. Prevented from sailing by ill winds, King Agamemnon’s fleet is trapped in the port of Aulis. As is so often the case in mythological adventures, the gods in this story are no strangers to the troubles of men. If he is to lead a successful expedition to Troy, Agamemnon must resign himself to sacrificing his daughter Iphigénie on the altar of the goddess Atremis.
Chloé Dabert tends to deal with more contemporary texts, but she tackles this classic tragedy head on with all her usual rigour and precision. A sense of rhythm, punctuation, timing, silence: the director and her company make Racine’s language their own, bringing forth a musicality which draws us close. Stripped back and contemporary, this version of Iphigénie has echoes of war and the hold religion has on man – themes which have travelled across the centuries to mark our own.