Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris | Poland

The Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, founded in 1977 by Włodzimierz Staniewski, is known worldwide thanks to its groundbreaking performances and theatrical practices. Their work focuses on the investigation of indigenous and ancient musical traditions, and powerful physical and vocal techniques, while bringing together both the rural and the urban cultural environment. Their performances are often accompanied by an undertone of the mysterious, the enigmatic and the cultic, bringing together live music, movement, and speech.

The company will present four performances as two double bills. The first evening will be dedicated to two tragedies by Euripides - "Iphigenia in Aulis" and "Iphigenia in Tauris" and will allow the audience to experience two perspectives on the story of Iphigenia's sacrifice in one evening.

The second double bill will open with a third tragedy by Euripides - "Electra", which presents another part to the tale of the House of Atreus, when Iphigenia's brother Orestes comes to avenge the murder of his father Agamemnon. The second performance of the evening will uncover echoes of antiquity within the company's own culture in the play "The Wedding" by the great Polish poet, playwright, and painter Stanisław Wyspiański.


based on "Iphigenia at Aulis" by Euripides


Direction, text adaptation, dramaturgy of music: Włodzimierz Staniewski
Music: Zygmunt Konieczny
Adaptacion of ancient Greek songs: Maciej Rychły
Translation: Jerzy Łanowski
Language: Polish, English, Ancient Greek
Costumes: Monika Onoszko
Movement sequence of Pyrricha: Julia Bui-Ngoc
Lighting: Paweł Kieszko
Subtitles: Beata Szymańska
Current cast: Mariusz Gołaj, Joanna Holcgreber, Marcin Mrowca, Magdalena Pamuła, Anna Dąbrowska, Dorota Kołodziej, Jan Żórawski, Tetiana Oreshko, Maciej Gorczyński, Kacper Lech, Anna Nguyen, Aleksandra Zawłocka, Martyna Konewka
Musicians and choir: Gabriela Żmigrodzka, Rafał Granat, Szymon Kałużny, Filip Pysz, Kamil Gosek, Adam Lipiński


based on "Iphigenia in Tauris" by Euripides


Author of the performance: Włodzimierz Staniewski – based on "Iphigenia in Tauris" by Euripides
Translation: Jerzy Łanowski
Assistant: Joanna Holcgreber
Costumes: Monika Onoszko
Animations: Krzysztof Dziwny, Marta Pajek
Decorations: Ewa Woźniak
Lighting: Paweł Kieszko
Subtitles: Beata Szymańska
Current Cast: Mariusz Gołaj, Joanna Holcgreber, Marcin Mrowca, Dorota Kołodziej, Anna Dąbrowska, Jan Żórawski, Tetiana Oreshko, Magdalena Pamuła, Kacper Lech, Aleksandra Zawłocka, Tomasz Lipka, Anna Nguyen





The Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice



June 25th, at 20:00


Gesher Theatre

Running time:

1 h 30 m







"The stage pictures stay with you: The chorus members, drums between their legs, pounding in unison and chanting. Iphigenia curled fatally on a chair, a sacrificial lamb in white. Agamemnon, arms raised, sharpening knives with barely contained violence. Iphigenia standing motionless, a long red scarf dragged across her throat, the sacrifice complete. (…) In this production Iphigenia's mother, Klytamnestra, separated from the chorus by a circle of light, asks, "Does no one speak against this?" It's a powerful moment, a revealing combination of performance, stagecraft and text".
THE NEW YORK TIMES, by Rachel Saltz, New York, USA