Sulle macerie della città ( e di Euripide): le “Troiane” del contemporaneo – Maddalena Giovannelli – Stratagemmi 16
The paper examines common traits and discontinuities in contemporary representations of Euripides’ Trojan Women. More specifically, it focuses on three mise en scene, in the attempt to show how, among recent Italian
productions, the most interesting versions of the tragedy seem to significantly move away from the original. The first play taken into consideration is the one directed by Serena Sinigaglia and performed by her company, Atir; Sinigaglia chose not to abridge the original text but, in fact, to expand it: verses are cut and mixed with episodes from the Iliad. The analysis shifts to Mark Ravenhill’s version, belonging to a wider project Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, and then to piece Displace #1. La rabbia rossa, by Muta Imago: both projects, although very different, seem to share
some basic features: the use of Euripides work not as a dramaturgical base, but as an evocation of a shared archetype, and the intention of representing a new kind of enemy, shifty and depersonalised. The definitive separation from the Euripidean text is imposed by the urge to describe a war which has all the features of a contemporary war.