Address by the Secretary-General, Ministry of Culture and Sports
For a second year, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation realizes the research – artistic programme “Ancient Drama: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Art Approaches”, aiming this year at a methodical and systematic meeting of the ancient Greek tragedy with the digital means and tools, entitled “Tragedy 2.0”.
Seeing the theatrical plays of the classics from new, fresh and sometimes provocative perspectives, this year the Foundation is using digital devices, electronic multimedia, and information technology applications to convey its message. In other words, it is trying to combine, intertwine and connect the ancient tragedies with the virtual reality of the cyberspace of our era in a clearly defined institutional, scientific but also artistic context.
The success of the final product is doubtful, the risk is existing, the stakes are high and that is exactly why it is a big challenge. In any case, though, a gate will be opened· another way of assessment and use of the functions of the classic texts will be found, one that we hadn’t imagined before. And finally, like in the stark mathematics of computers, double negation may constitute the safest affirmation.
The truth is that we admire the resourcefulness and the boldness of the Foundation, which evolves quickly in becoming a point of reference for the innovative and experimental interpretations of the ancient dramaturgy, while at the same time we cannot but express our high regard for the tireless diligence, poise and seriousness of its partners and staff.
We wish the best of luck to this initiative and that Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, which has got us used to pleasant surprises with its unconventional and “strange” ideas, continues to have such energy and keeps on exploring.
Maria Andreadaki – Vlazaki, PhD
Ministry of Culture and Sports