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Intensive course 2005


Intensive Course on the study and performance of Ancient Greek Drama


3 vacchaeThe European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama with the collaboration of the Municipality of Asklipieion organised the fourth Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of Ancient Greek Drama in Ligourio, Epidavros from 3 to 17 July, 2005.
The following professors participated in the seminars:

Herman Altena, University of Utrecht, (“Performance analysis: modern theatre versions of Bacchae” and “Stumbling blocks, hurdles, blessings and sins”)

Nikos Chourmouziadis, University of Thessaloniki, (“Aristophanes’ Odyssey on the Modern Greek stage and a personal postscript”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent, (“The Bacchae of Euripides, or ‘is it best not to be born, and next best to die young’? Some reflections on the tragic condition “)

Evelyn Ertel, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, (“The Bacchae at the Comédie-Française”)

Maria De Fatima Silva, University of Coimbra, (“The Acharnians – different tonalities of a comic text”)

Erika Fischer Lichte, Free University of Berlin, (“Transformations of Ancient Greek Theatre. Some Reflections on the purposes of Staging Greek Tragedies in Germany”)

Mary Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, (“The Art of Ancient theater” and “Ancient Greek Drama in Los Angeles: Electricidad and The Swallow Song”)

Pirkko Koski, University of Helsinki, (“Α Β acchae production in 1966 and its historical context”)

Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, University of Athens, responsible for the excavations at the archeological site of Epidaurus,
Greece (“The archaeological setting of the theatrical activity at Epidaurus”)

Eleni Papazoglou, University of Thessaloniki, (“On Translation”)

Barbara Pusic, University of Ljubliana, (“MEDEA/MACHINE – The playful heritage of cultural clichés”)

Henri Schoenmakers, University of Erlangen, (“Dramaturgy and the aesthetics of Production: a. Society, theatre and emotions, b. We are not ancient Greeks”)

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

Eva Stehlikova, Institute for Classical Studies, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (“Josef Svoboda and his set design for ancient Greek drama”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford, (“Glimpses of Tragedy and Comedy in Vase-paintings” and “The infinite variety of modern performances of ancient Greek Tragedy”)

Stephen Wilmer, University of Dublin, (“Rebel Women in ancient Greek drama”)

2 acharnisA detailed presentation of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama and its activities was given by Associate Professor, Platon Mavromoustakos (University of Athens), who also presented a lecture. (“Who are we to ridicule these men?”).

During the seminars the participants attended rehearsals and the performance of Euripides’ Bacchae (7 & 8 July, respectively), rehearsals and the performance of Aristophanes’ The Acharnians, (13 & 15 July, respectively) both staged by the National Theatre of Greece. The attendants had also the chance to discuss with the performances’ participating artists Ersi Drini, Savvina Giannatou, Manolis Seiragakis, Themistocles Panou, Lakis Lazopoulos and their directors Sotiris Hatzakis and Vagelis Theodoropoulos. Actors Lydia Koniordou and Alexandros Mylonas, director Victor Ardittis, set designer Ioanna Papantoniou and composers Thodoros Antoniou, Christos Leontis, Filippos Tsalachouris and Minas Alexiadis (who spoke about the different kinds of incidental music in a play) participated in the seminars as guests.

The participants of the course can be found here.