Iphigenia: Book of Change


Iphigenia: Book of Change

experimental, 50min, u.s., 2016
In english



Iphigenia: Book of Change is a unique narrative inspired by stories about women who have endured, survived and escaped captivity. Using the Greek figure of Iphigenia as the focal point of the story, it utilizes puppetry, theatre, dance, art design, and music.

Director: Elise Kermani is the Artistic Director of MiShinnah Productions, a flagship company focusing on genre bending performance and film. She teaches media art at State University of New York/Empire State College and has a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School. Her dissertation “Sonic Soma: Sound, Body and the Origins of the Alphabet” was published by Atropos Press and focuses specifically on the pre-historical origins of the letter A.

Kermani has presented her work nationally and internationally at venues including 3LD Art and Technology Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Kitchen, P.S. 122, Roulette, DiverseWorks, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Texas Gallery, and festivals in Europe. Kermani's award winning film JOCASTA, a modern retelling of the Oedipus myth screened in Athens, GREECE in May 2012, and her short Agamemnon’s Daughter will screen in Athens in October 2016. Her POE[...and the museum of lost arts], developed during a two month residency at 3LD Art and Technology Center, screened at the Anthology Film Archives in December, 2015. In February, 2016 she presented a live performance of Iphigenia: Book of Change at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA and that performance has been made into a film of the same name. 

Over the last 15 years Kermani has created several sound scores for choreographer Vicky Shick and as Shick’s composer and sound designer has performed in many venues around New York and toured to Budapest and Dublin.