CANCELLED Eline Arbo & Natalie Haynes on European Tragedy

Forum on European Culture

Programme editor

This programme is cancelled due to personal circumstances of one of our speakers.

Ancient European myths and stories tell us about the history of Europe and its people. These stories have shaped our European identities. Together with classicist Nathalie Haynes and director Eline Arbo we talk about what these ancient stories can tell us about Europe today and the world we live in. Can we draw moral lessons from them? And how do we deal with their predominantly male perspective? The conversation is going to be shaped by the fragments of classic texts that will be read during the programme.

During this programme different classical scenes will be read and performed by actresses Sam Ghilane and Sophie van Winden, created by Sam Ghilane, Sophie van Winden and Ianthe Mosselman.

About the speakers

Eline Arbo is currently directing Penthesilea, the fatal love story about the Amazonian queen Penthesilea and Greek captain of arms Achilles. She has been associated with ITA since 2022 as Associate Artistic Director. Before this, she was the director of Het Nationale Theater. Plays she directed included her play of De Jaren (based on the book of Annie Ernaux), The Hours and Jane Eyre.

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She writes and speaks about the modern relevance of the classical world on three continents. She wrote many books about the classical, both fiction and non-fiction, which include: The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, The Children of Jocasta and her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships. Her most recent non-fiction book, Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myth was published in Oct. Her novel about Medusa, Stone Blind, was published in Sep 2022.

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Eline ArboTheatre director | Photo: Fabian Calis
Natalie HaynesWriter, broadcaster | Photo: James Betts