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Intensive course 2009


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

2 2009The two-week inter-disciplinary Intensive Course entitled Exploring European Identities/ideologies by means of (re)presentations of Ancient Greek Drama, closely related to the Epidaurus Festival, was held in Ligourio, Epidavros from 5 to 19 July, 2009. Part of a three-year project, it was organised by the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama for graduate students in Theatre Studies and Classics departments. The first year (2007) was devoted to European Theatre Festivals (from the Greek festivals in honour of god Dionysus in antiquity to those of Syracuse (INDA), Avignon, Epidaurus, and Edinburgh) and the second to Adaptations (2008). During its third year, the Course focused on Media. The course, which consisted of lectures by academics from European universities and artists, small group working sessions and student presentations, aimed to bring together scholars and students from different disciplines and different countries, in order to exchange knowledge.
The following professors participated in the seminars:

Erika Fischer-Lichte, Free University of Berlin (“Live performance and mediatization.
Discussing some fundamental problems”)

Stefan Bläske (“Transformations between Ancient Theatre and New Media: Recording the

Anna Poupou (“Ancient Drama into Film”)

Eva Stefani, University of Athens (“Acropolis”)

Evelyne Ertel, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“The use of film and video in
the construction of meaning of Prometheus by Aeschylus in the direction of Stephanie
Braunschweig (2002/2003)”)

Spyros Petrounakos (“Ritual and Theatre performance in the archaeological site of Epidaurus”)
Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Theatre and vase-painting, with special reference to

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

Rachel Kayhan, San Francisco State University (“The Labyrinth Machine and the
Processing of Desire in Euripides’ Hippolytus and Racine’s Phèdre”)

Lorna Hardwick, Open University (“Ways of experiencing Greek drama across media:
reading, listening, viewing, performing”)

Eva Stehlíková, Institute for Classical Studies, Academy of Sciences, Prague (“A
wandering of Oedipus in different media”)

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin (“Alcestis is back from Hades”)

Anna Karakatsouli, University of Athens (“Pier Paolo Pasolini in a Post-Colonial Context:
The Appunti per un Orestiade Africana”)

Pantelis Michelakis, University of Bristol (“Cinema and other media in film adaptations of
Greek tragedy

Nikos Diamantis, director (”From text to picture”)

Dimitris Lignades, director (“Ancient drama: a reading [on the occasion of Frogs]”)

Minas I. Alexiadis, University of Athens (“Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck and operatic
reform in the 18th century”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent (“Operation Media Storm. Workshop on Media and

3 2009A detailed presentation of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama and its activities was made by Professor Platon Mavromoustakos (University of Athens).
During seminars the participants had the chance to visit the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies, the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation and the exhibition “Yannis Moralis, Theatre-Music-Poetry” at Alpha Bank Cultural Centre in Nafplion. They also visited the New Acropolis Museum in Athens. As part of the course the students attended rehearsals and the performance of Euripides’ Alcestis, staged by the National Theatre of Greece, directed by Th. Moschopoulos, and the performance of J. Racine Phèdre, staged by  the National Theatre of Great Britain, directed by N. Hytner. Director Stathis Livathinos, composer Philippos Tsalahouris and the Director of the Hellenic Festival, George Loukos, participated in the seminars as guests.

The participants of the course can be found here.