'Life in 400 BCE (Iphigenia or A Girl for the Wind, Part 1)'

at New Bretagne / Belle Air, Essen

June 22-June 26th 2016

Opening: 25.6.2016, 19:00

A workshop, An exhibition, Some performances


Elizaveta Podgornaia

Anna-Lisa Högler

Frieder Haller

Anna Maria Łuczak

Jakob Forster

Joel Roters

Ghislain Amar

Simon Mielke

The workshop was open to anybody interested, not only/necessarily for artists. Based on the play written by French teacher and playwright Yves Mercol (1948-2011), the workshop participants were invited to make an exhibition and/or a set of performances at Belle Air using only materials and technologies available at the time when the story described in the play took place (400BCE).

More information about the play and the project:

The PDF is a reproduction of the original script written in 1985 by French playwright and teacher Yves Mercol (1948-2011). Iphigenia or A Girl for the Wind is a rewriting of the Greek play written by Euripides between 408 and 406 BC. Yves Mercol wrote a new version of the story to be performed by his high school students in Saint-Etienne. The reproduction of the script is a way to save the play from being destroyed (as only one hard copy was left) as well as a way to spread it to a new

audience and to continue the pedagogical and artistic work of Yves Mercol. This is a first step into looking at the oeuvre of the author that includes dozens of plays, short stories and notes.

In July 2016, Iphigenia or a Girl for the Wind was then translated into an exhibition at Stellwerk, Kassel.

The play was edited, translated into English and published as a book by Ghislain Amar. It is available both in French and English. It was published in May 2016 by Peach Books.






Supported by CBK Rotterdam (Center for Visual Arts Rotterdam)