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.

Running time
2 : 00
Main auditorium
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Scenography and video designer – Pierre Nouvel / Lighting designer – Kelig Le Bars / Sound designer – Lucas Lelièvre / Costume designer – Marie La Rocca

Production: Compagnie Héros-Limite
Coproduction: Le Quai – Centre dramatique national Angers-Pays de la Loire, Théâtre national de Bretagne, Festival d’Avignon, Espace 1789 Saint-Ouen – Scène conventionnée pour la danse, La Passerelle – Scène nationale de Saint-Brieuc, L’Archipel – Pôle d’action culturelle de Fouesnant-Les Glénan, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon, Théâtre national de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
Supported by Centquatre – Paris
With the help with creation du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Bretagne, de la région Bretagne, du département de la Seine-Saint-Denis, du Jeune théâtre national et de la Spedidam

Festival d’Avignon : Une “Iphigénie” d’anthologie. Rarement Racine aura été mis en lumière d’une manière aussi explicite. Les Inrocks

Bord de scène : ven 8 mars rencontre avec l’équipe artistique à l’issue de la représentation