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Intensive course 2002


Intensive Course on the study and performance of Ancient Greek Drama


2 hypsipyleThe first Intensive Course on the Study and Performance of Ancient Greek Drama took place in Ligourio, Epidavros from 7 to 21 of July, 2002. 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 to exchange their different approaches to ancient drama.
That year, students from various European countries engaged into discussions on the staging of ancient Greek drama, the function of music in the performance, the role of the chorus in ancient 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 delivering lectures at the Course were:

Herman Altena, University of Utrecht, (“Seven times Seven is Seven?”)

Freddy Decreus, University of Gent, (“Oedipus between the horizontal and vertical axis”)

Evelyn Ertel, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, (“The chorus in performances of ancient drama”)

Maria de Fátima Silva, University of Coimbra, (“Seven against Thebes – a word’s war”)

Giorgis Giatromanolakis, University of Athens, (“Sophoclean trilogy: Antigone, Oedipus King, Oedipus at Colonus”)

Jens Holzhausen, Free University of Berlin, (“The political quality of Greek tragedy: The Theban Plays”)

Fanis I. Kakridis, University of Ioannina, (“Theban mythological tradition: Philological prolegomena to the Theban mythological cycle”)

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

Elena Patrikiou, (“Pentheus’ Hubris: Gender inversions and ritual transgressions in Euripides’ Bacchae”)

Frank Raddatz, dramaturg, Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus, (“The Theban Cycle – an introduction to the weekend performances”)

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin, (“The political quality of Greek tragedy: The Theban Plays”)

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford, (“Discussion on the rehearsals of the Theban Cycle and ‘The reflections of tragedy and comedy in ancient vase-painting, and their possible bearing on modern design and staging”)

Michael Walton, (“Does Oedipus have a limp?”)

1 oedipus tyrannusAssociate professor at the University of Athens, Platon Mavromoustakos, presented the activity of the European Network and gave a lecture on theatrical space (“Ancient drama and theatrical space”).

During the course, the participants attended the following productions at the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros: Hypsipyle directed by Spyros Evangelatos (12 July), The Bacchae by Theodoros Terzopoulos and Oedipus Rex by Tadashi Suzuki (19 July), and Seven against Thebes by Valerie Fokin and Antigone by Anna Badora (20 July). The students also had the chance to attend rehearsals of the aforementioned productions (18 July).

As part of the course the students discussed with the directors Spyros Evangelatos and Theodoros Terzopoulos, the actress Leda Tasopoulou, the composers Christos Leontis and Theodoros Antoniou.

The participants of the course can be found here.