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Intensive course 2014


Challenging Limits: Performances of Ancient Drama, Controversies and Debates

karatzas-new_685x300The Intensive Course “Challenging Limits: Performances of Ancient Drama, Controversies and Debates” took place at Lavrion and Epidavros from 23 June to 6 July 2014, 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 (“Approaching the Continuing Power of Ancient Greek Tragedy through the Theatre”)

Nurit Yaari, University of Tel Aviv (“Ancient Comedy and Political Debates: Aristophanes on Israeli stages”)

Cleo Protokhristova, University of Plovdiv (“Aristophanes in Bulgaria and the Case with Assemblywomen”)

Kerem Karaboga, University of Istanbul (“Acts of Disobedience: Antigone and Medea in Turkey”)

Eleni Papazoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (“Looking for the Mourning that Becomes Electra”)

Minas I. Alexiadis, University of Athens (“Richard Strauss – Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Elektra. Commentaries on the operatic adaptation”)

Freddy Decrus, University of Gent (“In and beyond Plato’s Cave. Iconoclast readings of an “absolute metaphor”. Application to Romeo Castellucci’s Inferno, 2009”)

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

Evelyn Ertel, Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (“The chorus in different modern productions of ancient drama”)

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

Bernd Seidensticker, Free University of Berlin (“Oedipus at Colonus and Wealth: the Tragic and the Comic Utopia of the

Athenian Regeneration”)

Romain Piana, Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (“Adaptating without modernizing the text˙ challenging approaches of

Aristophanic performance”)

David Drozd, Masaryk University (“Fighting with Aristophanes, Reception of Aristophanes comedies in Czech, Avant-garde Theatre”)

Monica Centanni, Universita IUAV di Venezia (“Ghosts evoking ghosts: Darius, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra in the

tragedies of Aeschylus”)

Eva Stehlikova, Masaryk University (“Open air theatre -5th century B.C. – Greek drama is coming back to the open air – Oedipus the king in the small Czech village in 1936”)

Lucia P. Romero Mariscal, University of Almeria (“Challenging the limits: Trojan Women on the late Spanish stage”)

A 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 the course, 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 Kerem Karaboga and composer Philippos Tsalahouris.

rossellini-010_685x300 Participants attended the performance “East Shadow”, directed by Jiři Kylian and the performance “Green Porno” by Isabella Rossellini, both produced by the Athens Festival 2014. They also had the chance to attend a rehearsal and the performance of Euripides’ “Helen”, directed by Dimitris Karantzas, at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. As part of the course the attendants also met with the director of the Hellenic Festival, George Loukos. Theatre directors Constantinos Arvanitakis and Nikos Diamantis participated in the seminars as guests.