The Trojan Women “of Euripedes”

22, 23 May – Cacoyannis Foundation

 “Trojan Women” is a multimedia narration of the greek playwright Euripides original tragedy Troades, based on the unique translation of Michael Cacoyannis. This performance is based on sound, multimedia and three performers.

 “Trojan Women”  written in 415 BC, during the Peloponnesian War, it is considered to be a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos and on the  slaughter and subjugation of its populace by the Athenians earlier that year. Euripides’s play follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed, and as their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves.

“Trojan Women” is best viewed as a war play rather than a tragedy. The play, essentially a lament for Troy and those who fell with it, presents the women as they are sent to their fates.The laments of these women for their fallen city, their deceased loved ones, and their dark futures can certainly provoke an emotional response, but the intention of the play is not to inspire pity and fear but to question the events of war.