Touring Group Explores Greek Tragedy ‘Iphigenia’

Aristotle once claimed the best tragedy “should be complex rather than simple” and “evoke fear and pity.” A Greek touring group is hoping to do just that with a performance of “Iphigenia in Tauris” this Friday at UT Arlington.

The Leonidas Loizides Theatre Group will present the classic Greek tragedy at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are $25.

The play, also known as “Iphigenia in Tauris” or “Iphigenia among the Taurians,” was written by Euripides between 414-412 B.C. and tells the story of Iphigenia, her long lost brother, Orestes, and their escape from the local custom of ritual sacrifice.

The event is sponsored by the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, the Honors College, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Hellenic Student Association of UT Arlington and the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Charles Chiasson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will introduce the performance. He said the Loizides group would present the tragedy in the same way the ancient Greeks have done — by respecting the ancient texts and performing scenes without alterations and modern presumptions.

“Only the knowledge of the ancient tragedy may give the baton to the modern theater,” said Loizides. The Greek tragedies he produces and directs are full of messages about justice, love and peace, and to Loizides, “theater is a study, aesthetics, and education of the soul.”

For Loizides, his target audience is not only the Greek communities around Arlington but also for those wanting to have a true Greek experience. The underlining theme, Chiasson said, is to bring a piece of the homeland to those who are Greek decedents or even those who have adopted the Greek culture.

Chiasson also hopes students who go to the performance will get the experience of how an actual Greek tragedy is suppose to be performed, to break away from the written text and be engaged into the tragedy performed by professionals.

For more information on Loizides’s Greek theatre group, visit www.loizidis.com.

[Written by Karla Cano, College of Liberal Arts]

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