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Intensive course 2004


Intensive Course on the study and performance of Ancient Greek Drama


1 ak-Bacchae-cpThe third Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of ancient Greek drama took place in Ligourio, Epidavros from 20 June to 4 July, 2004. The Intensive Course was organised by the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama with the collaboration of the Municipality of Asklipieion and it was open to postgraduate students across Europe. The main goal of the Course was to bring together academics and postgraduate students both in classics and theatre studies as well as theatre practitioners so as to exchange their different approaches to ancient Greek drama.
As in the two previous years, students from various countries engaged into discussions about the staging of ancient Greek drama, the function of the music in the performance, the role of the chorus in Greek comedy, the political implications of Aristophanes’ plays etc. Prominent classicists and theatre academics from both Greece and abroad participated in the course.
The following professors participated in this year’s Course:

Herman Altena, University of Utrecht (“Performance analysis: modern theatre versions of Bacchae” and “Double, double- but not the Dutch: translating Bacchae”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent (“In between fluidity and stability. The Bacchae of Euripides, a lesson about dissolution of boundaries told by an elusive god”)

Evelyn Ertel, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“Chorus and theatre space in modern productions in France”)

Erika Fischer-Lichte, Free University of Berlin (“Transformations of ancient Greek theatre”)

Mary Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (“Comedy, Myths and Iconography: The vases at the J.P.Getty Museum”)

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

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

Eleni Papazoglou, University of Thessaloniki (“Pentheus’ passage. Anthropology and psychology in Pentheus’ peripeteia”)

Barbara Pusic, University of Ljubliana (“A dialogue with the Dead- current strategies in staging ancient Greek Drama in Slovene theatre”)

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 (“Comic elements in the Bacchae”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Everything you want to ask about comedy and tragedy”)

Professor Kostas Valakas (“Aristophanes’ Birds and Koun’s Birds: Ideal cities?”)

Connor Hanratty (“Oedipus Rex: dir. Ninagawa”)

1 2004_1A detailed presentation of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama was made by Associate Professor at the University of Athens, Platon Mavromoustakos, who also spoke about Karolos Koun’s contribution to the staging of Aristophanes’ plays.

During the Course, the participants attended rehearsals and the performance 50 years with Aristophanes by “Theatro Technis” (the Greek Art Theater, 24 & 25 June respectively), the performance of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex by Y Ninagawa (1 July, Herodium Atticus Odeum) as well as rehearsals and the performance of Euripides’ Bacchae by L. Ronconi’s “Piccolo Teatro” (30 June  & 2 July respectively). The attendants also had the chance to discuss with participants in the performance 50 years with Aristophanes, the actors A. Mylonas, M. Kynigou, and the director K. Kapelonis.

The American director Lee Bruer (“On directing”), the Greek actress Maya Lyberopoulou (“On acting”) and the Greek composers Thodoros Antoniou, Christos Leontis and Dimitris Papadimitriou (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.