Iphigénie en Tauride

by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Concept

Inspired by French architect Boullée’s Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton, Diana’s temple is a feminine, chaste space embedded in a harsh, masculine environment. In its very core, a suspended altar is drenched in the blood of the sacrificed who are stacked up in the lower part of the sanctuary. Tauris is a police state lead by paranoic Thoas, his people a horde of brute militaries under constant fear of attack. When two strangers are stranded on the realm’s shores, the tragedy unfolds.