Clumsy Bodies presents
Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable)
A play by Caridad Svich
Making its UK debut, Clumsy Bodies brings their production of a play by OBIE award-winning Caridad Svich’s – and with it, possibly the longest title for any play at this year’s Fringe!
Blending projection with live performance, the Greek chorus with the TV news anchor, this mediated landscape bursts open as worlds collide and Iphigenia counts her finite steps towards her sacrificial fate.
Inspired by Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, this multimedia tragedy transposes the myth of the Greek heroine to an un-named South American city: Agamemnon is the Latin American dictator General Adolfo, plotting desperately to hold onto power by sacrificing his own daughter, Iphigenia. Previously only spoken about, or spoken for, Iphigenia finally gains a voice in this Brechtian rave, which plays out against the brutal backdrop of the Cuidad Juárez Murders.
Euripides’ original text treats the titular figure of Iphigenia as a minor character, a footnote to the action. Iphigenia Crash Land Falls…finally lets Iphigenia, quite literally, take centre stage, as she never leaves the stage during the performance.
This is a story primarily about women’s relationships to violence; the perpetrator of this violence is embodied by General Adolfo. Speaking about merging the myth of Iphigenia with the current femicides in Ciudad Juarez, playwright Caridad Svich says, “There’s an outrage in Euripides that is also ignited around this, and so it felt like outrage met outrage in terms of the storytelling which is why it feels like they needed to happen together, on top of each other; stories that are being repeated about sacrificial women and disposable women in culture.”
Clumsy Bodies are committed to providing spaces for actors of colour, of the LGBTQIA community, and for disabled and deaf actors (and importantly, their intersections). In our current casting, Iphigenia and Achilles are played by queer, disabled and deaf actors; this is the first time that Iphigenia has been played by a non-binary actor.
Venue: theSpace on Niddry Street (Venue 9)
Tickets: £10 (£8)
Previews: 4-5 Aug 2016 Dates: 7-12 Aug 2015
Box Office: 0131 226 0000