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Intensive course 2010


Exploring European Identities/Ideologies by means of (re)presentations of Ancient Greek Drama

3 steinExploring European Identities/ideologies by means of (re)presentations of Ancient Greek Drama began as a three-year project offered to graduate students in Theatre Studies and Classics departments, organized by the the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama with the financial support of Socrates/Erasmus programme and the cooperation of the Hellenic Festival and the Municipality of Asklepieion. The first year (2007) was devoted to European Theatre Festivals (from Greek festivals in honour of god Dionysus in antiquity to Syracuse’s INDA, Avignon, Epidaurus, and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals) and in 2008 to Adaptations. In its third year, the project focused on Media. However, due to the great interest shown in this particular theme, the Network decided to extend the project for yet another year. As in the previous years, the Course was held in Ligourio, Epidavros from 27 June to 11 July, 2010.

The following professors participated in the seminars:

Erika Fischer-Lichte, Free University of Berlin (“Performances of the Oresteia in Germany – Constructing or De-constructing Myth?”)

Maria de Fátima Silva, University of Coimbra (“Bad politic on stage”)

Minas Alexiadis, University of Athens (“20th century operas based on ancient Greek drama: the neoclassic vision”)

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin (“What do we know about the premiere of the Oresteia?”)

Evelyne Ertel, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“About Agamemnon: comparative analysis of 4 key sequences in 3 different productions [Peter Stein, 1980; Ariane Mnouchkine, 1991; Georges Lavaudant, 1999])

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent (“The Oresteia, or the myth of the Western metropolis between Habermas and Foucault [Discussion]), (“Operation Medea Storm. Aischylos’s Persians and the gap between ‘East’ and ‘West’, or how to use ideology in media representations”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Visualising ancient tragedy and comedy, with the help of vase-paintings”)

Henri Schoenmakers, University of Erlangen (“Dramaturgy and the aesthetics of

Eva Stehlíková, Institute for Classical Studies, Academy of Sciences, Prague (“The search of myth – Max Frisch and Volker Schlöndorff”)

Anna Poupou (“Greek Tragedy and Film”)

Romain Piana, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“From ‘Nephelococcugia’ to ‘cuckoo-upon-stage’: adapting / transposing Aristophanes’ Birds in France”)

Mirec Kocur, University of Wrokclaw (“Performing Aristophanes today: The case of Birds”)

Konstantinos Nikoloutsos (“Ancient Greek Drama in Argentine Cinema: Oedipus, Dictatorship, and ‘The Missing People’ in The Counting of the Damages”)

Mary Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (“The Iconography of Performance in Ancient Greece”)
Monica Centanni, University IUAV of Venice (“Dramaturgical role of chorus in Choeforai”)

1 2010Professor at the University of Athens, Platon Mavromoustakos, presented the activity of the European Network and delivered a lecture on theatrical space (“Ancient drama and theatrical space”).
During the seminars, the participants had the chance to attend two performances within the framework of the Hellenic Festival: Aristophanes, The Knights, Municipal Theatre of Agrinio, dir. Vassilis Nikolaidis (Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus)  and F. Dostoyevsky, The Demons, Tieffe Teatro & Wallenstein, dir. Peter Stein (Peiraios 260 space in Athens). The course also included a discussion with the director Peter Sellars. Composer Filippos Tsalahouris and actress Aglaia Pappa participated in the seminars as guests.


The participants can be found here.