Institution: College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico
Venue: National Academic Drama Theatre, Mongolia
Time: 19:30, May 20, 2016
Event: 4th Asian Theatre Schools Festival
The roots of Western drama date back to the theatrical performances at the ancient Greek festival of Dionysus in Athens. There, the great tragedians developed the classical forms that are still interpreted and re-interpreted to this day.
My Father's House is based on the three plays comprising the Oresteia (458 BCE) by Aeschylus, and the two plays of the Iphigenia cycle (c.414-405 BCE) by Euripides. Together, they tell the story of "the curse of the house of Atreus." My Father's House tells this story through pure movement. It takes into account the importance of dreams in the ancient world. It allows pieces of the story to overlap and circle back on each other. It is imagined as a collective dream, taking place at the moment just before the axe is about to strike the neck of Iphigenia.