Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change
A series of papyrs which included fragments of Sophocles Ichneutae (ancient Greek for‘trackers’) was unearthed relatively recently (1895-1934), during the archaeological excavations in the area of Oxyrrynchus, in Egypt unearthed. Only 400 lines of this satyr play survive, making any reconstruction attempt of the play one of the greatest challenges for theatre professionals. It remains the only dramatic testimony in our possession about how Apollo became god of music and, more importantly, how music first reached humans’ ears. This year, this rarely performed work will be presented at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus for the very first time.
The Tracking Satyrs have been tasked by Apollo with retrieving his lost cattle with Silenus’ help, in exchange for gold and their freedom. They trace the animals to a cave, led on by the sound of the lyre that has just been invented by Hermes.
Michail Marmarinos returns to the Epidaurus Festival, approaching Trackers in his unique style: “This inconceivable text, a testament to the divine origins of music, is a legacy for all future generations about the incident that gave birth to music. A story about how the lyre, made from tortoise shell, was handed from the trickster god, baby Hermes, to the hands of its later owner, god Apollo – and all this conveyed through a charming plot, which only a Greek, witty spirit such as Sophocles’ could come up with. It was just then that the lyre began tumbling down the slope of Zireia, on Mount Kyllini, destined to change with its touch the souls and lives of human beings; after all, without Music there might not have been any culture in the first place.”
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. Michail Marmarinos returns to the Epidaurus Festival, approaching Trackers in his unique style.
To be announced.