Io Voulgaraki directs Euripides’ play Hecuba, which is set shortly after the end of the Trojan War, right before the Greeks leave Troy. Hecuba, the former queen of Troy, laments the loss of her daughter and vows vengeance for her son’s murder. Her grief is so profound that everything appears to hover between reality and the metaphysical, while the living and the dead seem to be caught in a limbo communicating with each other.
The director attempts to open up a stimulating dialogue with the present and tackle with the subject of how willing we are to mourn in today’s turbulent world, employing a new translation specifically produced for this performance by translator and essayist Helene Varopoulou, as well as a large ensemble of great performers and musicians. The Trojan Women, Euripides’ tragedy set during the Trojan War is also being staged in this year’s AEF.