We have just concluded the 50th cycle of classical plays in the centenary year of the INDA Foundation, marking an unprecedented success. For 2015, the “trilogy of the sea” will be the theme 51° cycle of classical plays in Syracuse of the National Institute of Ancient Drama. The decision was made official at the meeting of the inauguration of the new board of directors of the foundation formed by Giancarlo Garozzo (Chairman), Walter Pagliaro (managing director) and Arnaldo Colasanti, Paul Giansiracusa, Antonio Presti (councilors).
The works will take place from 15 May to 28 June 2015 are:
Notes on the plot: The supplicants Aeschylus
Danao and Egypt were two twin brothers both sovereign of the kingdom of Egypt. The first had fifty daughters and the second as many males. Egypt had attempted to impose the marriage of their children and daughters of Danaus (collectively called Danaides), but an oracle had predicted in Danao that his grandson would kill him. To avoid any vision the king forbade their daughters to marry. These fled to Argos, in Greece, soon after the marriage requests cousins. The tragedy began to materialize when the Danaides, who had just arrived in Greece, are pushed from Danao to reach the sacred enclosure, where supplicants have ancient custom of guaranteeing the right to an inviolable asylum. They tell their story to Pelasgus, king of Argos, but the latter refused to give them any help, for fear of a war against Egypt. The Danaides Pelasgus begged him that it would be hanged in the sacred enclosure, if it had been denied their hospitality. Pelasgus accommodate the supplication of the girls, but the war between Argos and Egypt is now inevitable.
Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides
The scene is set greek camp, at Aulis, on the coast of Boeotia, where direct boats to Troy are blocked due to a dead calm. The story tells of a soothsayer Calchas the time who claimed that only by sacrificing to the goddess Artemis a daughter of Agamemnon, Iphigenia, the winds will return to blow allowing ships to get out of the Calm Belt. But Iphigenia was not with them, was persuaded to join his father Agamemnon by deception of an imminent marriage with Achilles. Agamemnon regretted immediately and try to warn her daughter with different messages. The second message is intercepted by Menelaus, who takes away the hands of the old man who was carrying and sharply rebukes Agamemnon for his attempt to treason. Daughter Aulis Iphigenia and her mother Clytemnestra arrive for the wedding, but the truth comes out, so that the two women are rebelling furiously. Also threatens Achilles revenge. Iphigenia, to see the importance that the shipment covers for all Greeks, attitude change, and offers his own life, calming the mother and rejecting the help of Achilles.
Jason is the son of Aeson king of Iolkos in Thessaly. Pelias, who dethroned the latter, fearful of losing the throne by his nephew Jason, entrusts risky enterprise with the hope that he might be killed. Jason then organizes an expedition to retrieve the golden fleece, on a ship called the Argo, together with the Argonauts. The golden fleece is a sheepskin which is located in Colchis, at the foot of the Caucasus. The fleece was guarded by the king of Colchis, Aeetes and did protect against a dragon. Once arrived in Colchis, Jason is told by the king to get the fleece must be able to pass a series of impossible tasks. But Jason is helped by Medea, a sorceress, daughter of King Aeetes and that, with his magic manages to steal the golden fleece. Jason decides to run away with Medea, in love with him. King Aeetes chases with ships of Jason and his daughter Medea, who kills time by making use of his magic, his brother Absirto, tearing it to pieces and throwing them overboard, in doing so the father is forced to slow down to collect the remains of his son . Medea and Jason will then travel to Corinth and have two sons, Fere and Mermero. Jason falls in love with the daughter of King Creon of Corinth, called Creusa. Medea, furious and mad, understand that there is no chance for her to regain Jason, he enacts his revenge, revealing his monstrous side. First decides to kill Creusa: benevolent pretending to do get a necklace and a robe as a gift that, just worn, they burn. Creon, who sees his daughter on fire in an attempt to hug her to extinguish the flames, loses his life by burning himself. But Medea decides to take revenge again and finally kills her two children, created with Jason.
For more information on classical performances in 2015 Syracuse, you can log on to the official website of INDA (www.indafondazione.org) where you can view the detailed program, the arrangement of seats in the auditorium and book tickets online.