Iphigenia: Story of a Refugee is a culminating performance piece of The Iphigenia Project, multiyear trans-media collaboration between three award-winning artists from different countries. Filmmaker Irina Patkanian (Russia/USA), playwright/theatre activist Lisa Schlesinger (USA/Greece), and director/translator Marion Schoevaert (France, Korea, USA) join cultures, artistries, and different ways of seeing to bring the refugee crisis center-stage through film, theatre, and digital media. The project excavates the mythological character of Iphigenia from pre-classical history, through Euripides’ plays, into the twenty-first century. Iphigenia is portrayed as the first refugee of war and the central metaphor for questions of forced displacement in global conflict.
To date The Iphigenia Project has been presented, performed and published in various public venues, as performance, documentary film, text/film essay, and presentations. In residence at the Obermann Center the three artists will research and develop the performance text, edit film footage, and the launch the website for the New York City premiere of the performance, Iphigenia: Story of a Refugee, in 2018.