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Intensive course 2003


Intensive Course on the study and performance of Ancient Greek Drama


2 2003The European Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Drama Performances with the collaboration of the Municipality of Asklipieion organised the second Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of Ancient Greek Drama in Ligourio, Epidavros from 6 to 20 July, 2003. The intensive course was open to postgraduate students from all over Europe, encouraging academics and students both in classics and theatre studies as well as theatre practitioners to share their different approaches to ancient drama.
This year, students from various counties engaged into discussions on the staging of ancient 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.
Among the scholars presenting lectures during the Course were:

Herman Altena, University of Utrecht (“Analysing Greek drama performance: a questionnaire’ and ‘Hark! The words the ancients heard”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent (“Why does a community, ancient and/or modern, need tragedy? Ten ways to understand the Western tragic condition”)

Evelyn Ertel, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III (“The chorus in modern performance”)

Maria de Fátima Silva, University of Coimbra (“Euripidean tragedy: a caricature in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae”)

Mary Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (“Comic vases from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum”)

Jens Holzhausen, Free University of Berlin (“Interpretation in antiquity: Aristotle’s catharsis”)

Nikos Hourmouziadis, University of Thessaloniki (“The function of tragic chorus”)

Vasilis Lambrinoudakis, University of Athens (“The archaeological setting of the theatrical activity at Epidaurus”)

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin (“The chorus of Greek satyr play”)

Henri Schoenmakers, University of Erlangen (“Theatre, society and emotion’ and ‘We are not ancient Greeks: dramaturgy between context and intertext”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Some things to look out for in Thesmophoriazusae” and “The reflections of tragedy and comedy in ancient vase-painting, and their possible bearing on modern design and staging”)

1 2003Associate professor at the University of Athens, Platon Mavromoustakos, presented the activity of the European Network and spoke about theatrical space (“Ancient drama and theatrical space” and “Who are we to ridicule these men?”).

During the course the students attended the rehearsals and performances of Aristophanes Thesmophoriazusae (10 & 11 July, respectively) and Euripides’ Electra (17 & 18 July, respectively). They also had the chance to discuss with the director of Electra, Themis Moumoulidis, and the actress playing the role of Clytaemnestra, Maya Lymberopoulou, as well as the director of Thesmophoriazusae, Kostas Tsianos, together with the stage designer Yannis Metzikof .

The course included discussions with other distinguished Greek theatre practitioners as well, such as stage designer Ioanna Papantoniou, directors Yannis Chouvardas and Victor Ardittis, actress Leda Tasopoulou and composers Christos Leontis and Theodoros Antoniou.

The participants of the course can be found here.