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IPHIGENIA - Theater - NY Premiere in 2020

A co-production with In Parenthesis, IPHIGENIA POINT BLANK is “total theater” wherein film, text, music, and dance become one.  The film will take center-stage and documents the refugee crisis on the island of Lesvos over the course of three months (during which time, on average, 70 boats arrived every day carrying 4,200 people). There will be only person on stage, next to the film, the 15-year old Iphigenia, played by internationally-renowned violinist, Layale Chaker. This performance is a ritual, conducted by her and through her. Additionally, there will be three other singers singing the remaining characters' parts, four musicians and a chorus of dancers who will surround the audience and watch the film alongside them, while creating the “soundtrack” for the film with text, music and dance. The film itself will be muted until the final moments when its voice will be released. 

IPHIGENIA POINT BLANK IS A CULMINATION OF A MULTIYEAR COLLABORATION 
WITH A DIVERSE TEAM OF AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS:

Filmmaker Irina Patkanian
(Award-winning filmmaker, Fulbright scholar, MacDowell fellow, Professor of film at Brooklyn College)

Playwright Lisa Schlesinger 
(NEA/TCG Playwrights Residence, the BBC International Playwriting Award, and a finalist for a United States Artists Fellowship, Professor at Iowa Playwrights' Workshop)

Composer Kinan Azmeh
(Grammy-winning Clarinetist-Composer, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, NY Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall) 

In the last three years, over 1.5 million refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea (UNHCR). But in today’s world of ubiquitous media, flashing machine gun montages, sound bites and headlines, it’s difficult to really see and consequently care.  

IPHIGENIA POINT BLANK is a visceral ritual where the images from far away of people we don’t know become personal and vivid, facing us, talking to us directly, here and now. It is a requiem for those who drowned, a hymn to life for those who survived, and a call for justice for those left behind.  

THE PLAY WAS DEVELOPED IN THE FALL OF 2018 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA IN COLLABORATION WITH HANCHER AUDITORIUM AS A PART OF THEIR EMBRACING COMPLEXITIES PROGRAM. A ONE-MONTH DEVELOPMENT AND REHEARSAL PERIOD CULMINATED IN PERFORMANCES AT THAYER THEATRE
NOVEMBER 1-4 AND 8-11.

THE WORLD PREMIERE WILL BE IN NYC IN 2020.

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