Arts & Culture

Hellenic Cultural Center and HBU’s Production of Trojan Women

The Hellenic Cultural Center, in partnership with the Houston Baptist University, is proud to announce the production of Euripides’ Trojan Women (Troades), which will be performed on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Dunham Theater of Houston Baptist University. KUHF’s Eric Ladau sat down with the Hellenic Cultural Center’s Anthony Kouzounis and HBU’s Louis Markos and Dr. Robert Stacey to talk about this touring production.

The Hellenic Cultural Center in partnership with the Houston Baptist University is proud to announce the production of another Greek tragedy written by Euripides, Trojan Women (Troades). The theatrical group of internationally acclaimed director Leonidas Loizides is scheduled to tour the United States in the Fall of 2009 and will perform in Houston on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Dunham Theater of Houston Baptist University. The warm response that Bacchae met from every destination they were presented during the world tour in 2008 induces the theatrical scheme with the moral obligation to stay loyal to the initial task, which is the continuous, intercultural contact of the audience around the world with the Greek heritage, through the poetry of Euripides.

Image from Leonidas Loizides production of Trojan WomenAcknowledging the excellence and dedication of his colleagues and their contribution into shaping a production that was awarded by the American Congress and the New York State, Leonidas Loizides will once again trust the rendering and translation of the play to Marika Thomadaki (Dean and Professor of the University of Athens). The play will be presented in the Greek and/or English language with English hyper-titles. The music of the performance is by itself an element that makes this production appealing, since Mikis Theodorakis, the world famous composer, a Greek symbol of culture, honors Leonidas Loizides by enriching the play with the music he has written for the film Troades in 1965 (directed by Michalis Kakogiannis). This musical composition will be used on a theatre scene for the first time thus forming a bridge between the arts of cinema and theatre.

Trojan Women is a tragedy pointing out that in the war there are neither winners nor losers. However, even through the darkest night and despair, there is a sign of hope and catharsis. What more suitable and up to date meaning would there be, with the crisis the world faces nowdays? Leonidas Loizides walks on the lines of innovation and minimalism. You should expect his personal touch to be shown in this performance too, across the lines of using a Greek and a French woman on scene each one talking in her own language in “Les Troyennes aujourd’ hui” or the exclusively female cast used in “Bacchae”. You should also expect a simple, but not simplistic approach in the direction of the play that permits the beauty of the poetry to shine and reach the audience as that’s the true protagonist.

Share

Eric Ladau

Eric Ladau

Announcer

NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

More Information