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Intensive course 2013


Challenging Limits: Performances of Ancient Drama, Controversies and Debates

2 2013The Intensive Course Challenging Limits: Performances of Ancient Drama, Controversies and Debates took place in Lavrion and Epidavros from 3 to 13 of July, 2013, within the framework of the “Academy of Plato–Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas” project. This year’s course, which brought together academics and students from around the world, aimed at initiating a dialogue and the exchange of views on ancient Greek drama performances produced worldwide that stirred up controversy or sparked reactions, as well as the challenges presented when staging ancient Greek drama in terms of the particular dynamics of the text itself.

The following professors participated in the seminars:
Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford (“Delight and sorrow, ugliness and beauty: How
antique is ancient Greek Drama?”)

Apostolos Vettas, University of Thessaloniki (“New uses for the ancient theatre of
Thorikos, within the framework of an architectural study for consolidation and

Freddy Decrus, University of Gent (“In and beyond Plato’s cave. A poststructuralist
reading of some major Platonic tenets (Derrida, Irigaray, Cixous) Application to
Romeo Castellucci’s Inferno [2009])

Nurit Yaari, University of Tel Aviv (“Aristophanes’ Peace Plays on the Israeli Stage:
Political and Moral Scandals”)

Connor Hanratty, Trinity College University of Dublin (“Provocative Tragedy: Asking for

Evelyn Ertel, Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (“Metamorphoses of the Chorus in
Modern Performances of Ancient Drama”)

Henri Schoenmakers, University of Erlangen (“Dramaturgy and the Aesthetics of

Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, University of Athens (“Ritual and Theatre Performance in the
Archaeological Site of Epidavros”)

Monica Centanni, University IUAV of Venice (“Plutus, Aristophanes’ Last Play: from Political to Allegorical Comedy”)

Aikaterini Diamantakou, University of Athens (“Oedipus at Colonus and Wealth: the Tragic and the Comic Utopia of the Athenian Regeneration”)

David Drozd, Charles University of Prague (“Aristophanes in Czech Lands”)

Dmitry Trubochkin, University of Moscow (“Aristophanes in Russia: Searching for Tragic”)

3 ploutosA detailed account of the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama and its activities was given by Professor Platon Mavromoustakos, (University of Athens), who also spoke about the “Academy of Plato–Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas” project enabling the organisation of summer courses in 2013 through 2015.  Associate professor at the University of Athens, Gregory Ioannidis, presented in detail the “Academy of Plato–Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas” operation, co-funded by the European Union (European Social Fund) and national resources, within the framework of the Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning”.

During seminars the students had the chance to visit the archaeological site of Thorikos and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. The course featured workshops with director Prodromos Tsinikoris and composer Philippos Tsalahouris. Participants attended the performance of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis (directed by Maria Protopappa) and the performance of Sophocles’ Antigone (directed by Natasha Triantafylli), both produced by the Athens Festival 2013. They had also the chance to attend a rehearsal and the performance of Aristophanes’ Ploutos (directed by Dionysis Savvopoulos) at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Film director Stathis Athanassiou and actress Aglaia Pappa participated in the seminars as guests.

The  participants of the course can be found here.