About the Play
‘And now in place of men
Ashes and urns come back
To every hearth.’
Argos is at war. For ten long years, the army besieges Troy. Hardly any man is left in Argos. The women have taken over the men’s works. And they keep waiting. The main character in Aeschylus’  ‘Agamemnon’ is the Chorus, originally played by twelve elderly men.
The Chorus presents  the population of Argos in a nut shell with all their hopes, their fears, their rituals, their storytelling and portraits of their political and military leaders. Many of them wish the good times may be back, once Agamemnon and his soldiers return from war.
But will they ever return? What news can be trusted? Is Clytemnestra’s amazing signal system, leaping the long distance from Troy to Argos within a few hours just another “lie from heaven”? Has Troy really been taken, last night, as she says? Can the words of the newly arriving Herald be trusted? And will the surviving soldiers be traumatized like the Herald? Was the war, fought for the sake of Menelaos’ wife Helen, who apparently all too willingly followed Priam’s son Paris to Troy, worth any casualties? And will Agamemnon, once back in Argos, continue his reckless regime? Or will he bring ‘salvation to the city’?
Who is the enemy I n this conflict? While Argos’ population spot the Trojan’s and Paris in the first place, they become gradually aware, that Helen might be to blame, until Cassandra, Priams’s daughter and seer of Apollo hits right into the core of the problem: the conflict is home made.
Aeschylus’ ‘Agamemnon’ takes us on a long journey of doubts, insights and awareness, it truly follows the motto written on the doors of the Delphic oracle: know yourself.
Astrid Vehstedt, May 2011
Agamemnon: „Helen-Chorus“
Der Filmclip läuft z.Zt. nur unvollständig und wurde deshalb vorübergehend entfernt, bis das Problem behoben ist.