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Intensive course 2008


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

OrphÈe et EurydiceThe two-week inter-disciplinary Intensive Course entitled Exploring European Identities/ideologies by means of (re)presentations of Ancient Greek Drama, was held in Epidravros in July 2008.  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, with the financial support of Socrates/Erasmus programme and the cooperation of the Hellenic Festival and the Municipality of Asklepieion.

The first course of the project in 2007 focused on European Theatre Festivals, while in 2008 it was devoted to Text Adaptations. The course, which consists of lectures by academics and artists, small group working sessions, and student presentations, aimed to bring together scholars and students across different disciplines and different countries.
The following professors participated in the seminars:

Vasilis Lambrinoudakis, University of Athens (“Ritual and Theatre performance in the archaeological site of Epidaurus”)

Erika Fischer-Lichte, Free University of Berlin (“Adaptation as Transformation”)

Maria de Fátima Silva, University of Coimbra (“How to create a character: a lesson from Aristophanes’ Frogs”)

Angela Zachou (“Reception of Music in Ancient Drama Performances”)

Manos Stefanides, University of Athens (“Hades, Limbo and the Empire of Evil. Aspects of an Iconology”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Using vase-paintings and Aristophanes’ Frogs to help envisage the experience of Tragedy”)

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

Lorna Hardwick, Open University (“Transplanting Greek Drama to the Modern Stage: Translation, Adaptation and Cultural Identity”)

Mary Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (“Oedipus el Rey and Philoktetes at the Getty Villa”), (“Myth and Performance in Ancient Greek Art”)

Evelyne Ertel,  Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“The Persians: Peter Sellars’ Gulf war version”)

Dmitri Trubotchkin, Russian Academy of Theatre Acts (“Vasiliev’s Medea Material”)

Conor Hanratty (“Ninagawa and the Greeks: National Identity and Ancient Drama”)

Herman Altena, University of Utrecht (Performance analysis)

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin (“Character and characterisation in Greek Tragedy”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent (“Ideology goes unnoticed and unchallenged’. Or how Aischylos’ Persians started to naturalize and universalize the ‘gap’ between ‘East’ and ‘West’” and “Orpheus and Eurydice, an old and new couple”)

Eleutheria Ioannidou (“Orpheus dismembered: Destruction/Deconstruction/Reconstruction in Contemporary Rewritings of Greek Tragedy”)

Victor Ardittis, University of Thessaloniki (“Alexandrou’s Antigone of the Dissidents”)

Nikos Diamantis, director (“From Medea to Aristo fun es”)

Minas Ι. Alexiadis, University of Athens (“Orpheus and Eurydice: the three main repertoire operatic works by Monteverdi, Gluck and Offenbach”)

Professor at the University of Athens, Platon Mavromoustakos, presented the activity of the European Network and presented a lecture on theatrical space. He also spoke about the performances of Aristophanes in Greece.

During the two-week course, the Network planned and organised guided tours to the archaeological sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae.

1 frogsThe participants attended performances within the framework of the Epidaurus Festival held at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus as well as production rehearsals. (National Theatre of Greece: Aristophanes, The Frogs, Paris Opera – Pina Bausch: Christoph Willibald Gluk, Orfeo ed Euridice). The day after the performance of the Frogs, the Network invited the cast and the director (Dimitris Lignades) to the seminar and the students had the chance to discuss the performance. In addition, they had the opportunity  to discuss with the director Lee Breuer at the Small Theatre of Epidaurus. Actress Aglaia Pappa, set designer George Patsas, composers Philippos Tsalahouris and Christos Leontis and the Director of the Hellenic Festival, George Loukos, participated in the seminars as guests.

The participants of the course can be found here.