Zemphyra, or Τhe Secret of Pasiphae
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by Andreas Embirikos


The t r i s theatre group was founded in the spring of 2015 by Christina Garbi, Kostas Kounellas and Vasilis Safos. The group made its debut with a production of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz’s Histoire du soldat, presented at the Athens Conservatoire, the Porta Theatre, and the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, in collaboration with Kyklos Ensemble and Konstantinos Arvanitakis. t r i s went on to adapt Heinrich von Kleist’s novella Michael Kolhaas for the stage; the performance was presented for two consecutive seasons at Bios. For this year’s Athens Festival, t r i s will adapt Andreas Embirikos’ short story Zemphyra, or the Secret of Pasiphae. Written in 1945, amidst the bleak Greek Civil War, this story forms the second part of Embirikos’ trilogy The Amulets of Love and Chariots. Zemphyra, a young lion tamer, performs her celebrated show. Suddenly, a male lion refuses to obey her command and attacks her. The audience is transfixed. Much to everyone’s surprise, the beast’s deadly attack turns into an erotic approach. The heroine comes to terms with the inner, dark world of instincts. Akin to the mythological Pasiphae, she is confronted with the mystery of passions. The untamed Amazon is tamed; the circus is transformed into a locus of mystery and ritual; death anxiety is replaced by joi de vivre.
Anticipating Embirikos’ erotic magnum opus, Megas Anatolikos, in this work the author counters the repression of sexuality, declaring Love’s triumph over Death.
The trilogy The Amulets of Love and Chariots was published in 2012 by Agra Publications. Embirikos’ complete works have been published by Agra and edited by Yorgis Yatromanolakis.

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