“Atreides: The Greek and Czech Society Turned Upside Down On Stage”

Hybrid Webinar with

Peter Stein, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Oliver Taplin, Henri Schoenmakers, Dimitris Dimitriadis, Freddy Decreus, Milo Rau and others.

Saturday 20 November 2021 to Monday 22 November 2021

Within the framework of Regional Operational Program “ATTICA” Partnership Agreement 2014-2020, Act: Establishement and Promotion of International Institutions of Contemporary Culture in Attica

Τhe Michael Cacoyannis Foundation organizes the  Action: Ancient Drama: Interdisciplinary and Cross Art Approaches

Some of the most prominent personalities of world theater will participate in the first of a series of hybrid webinars, entitled “Atreides: The Greek and Czech Society Turned Upside Down On Stage.” The webinar on the reception of Ancient Drama in Greece and the Czech Republic will take place at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation from Saturday, 20 November to Monday, 22 November 2021.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend talks and discussions with Peter Stein (Director), Milo Rau (Director), Erika Fischer-Lichte, (Freie Universität Berlin), Oliver Taplin (University of Oxford – APGRD), Henri Schoenmakers (Roosevelt Academy Universiteit Utrecht), Dimitris Dimitriadis (Author), Freddy Decreus (Universiteit Gent), Eleni Papazoglou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Konstantina Stamatogiannaki (Greek Literary and Historical Archive ELIA-MIET), Platon Mavromoustakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). 

The seminar will use a comparative approach to examine the reception and interpretation of ancient Greek drama, in the Greek and Czech theatre tradition, focusing on works related to the House of Atreides.

In Greece, staging the plays has been linked to matters of national identity since the establishment of the Greek state. Especially the Aeschylus trilogy of Oresteia (or its individual tragedies) has been directed by iconic Greek directors (for example, Thomas Oikonomou, Fotos Politis, Dimitris Rontiris, Alexis Solomos, Karolos Koun, SpYros Evangelatos, Yannis Kokkos, Yannis Houvardas, Lilly Meleme, Io Voulgaraki, Georgia Mavragani etc.). Oresteia has been staged at critical moments in Greek history, bringing to the fore concepts such as politics, justice, revenge, the language issue, etc. A typical example is the clashes that took place in 1903, called Orestiaka, a historic event associated with the first years of operation of the Royal Theater.

At the same time, in the Czech Republic, although works on the myth of the Atreides are not often staged, when this happens, the performances become the subject of study (eg Oresteia, directed by Miloš Hynšt, Iphigenia in Aulis, Divadlo Na Zábradlí Theater, Goethe’s version of Iphigenia in Aulis staged at the National Theater in Prague during the German occupation, Electra, directed by Daniel Špinar in 2006, etc.).

Based on the different stage versions of Oresteia, the seminar will explore: How do these works relate to our existence today? What possibilities do they offer creators? What role have they played in the recent past?

The seminar is organized by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in collaboration with the Laboratory of Ancient Drama and Theatrical Research of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, which houses the European Network for Research and Documentation of Greek Performances, and the Czech Center in Athens.

It is a continuation and evolution of the action of Arc-Net “Performing the Archive. The Persians On Stage: experiencing trauma, interconnecting cultures”.

To attend the seminar: call 210 3418579 and email adrama@mcf.gr

Those who register will receive a Certification of Attendance at the end of the webinar.


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“Within the framework of Regional Operational Program “ATTICA” Partnership Agreement 2014-2020, Act: Establishement and Promotion of International Institutions of Contemporary Culture in Attica

Webinar Programme

Laboratory of Ancient Drama and Theatre Research – Department of Theatre Studies
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

Atreides: The Greek and Czech Society

Turned Upside Down On Stage

Webinar Programme

20-22 November 2021

Day 1

Saturday, 20/11/2021

Evening Session 1

17.00-17.10: Platon Mavromoustakos, Introduction

Welcome Speeches

  • Alexandra Georgopoulou
  • Lucie Kuligová

Evening Session 2

Co-chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos – Henri Schoenmakers

17.30-18.00: Erika Fischer-Lichte, Performances of the Oresteia in Germany in the Twentieth Century (Max Reinhardt 1910/11, Lothar Müthel 1936, Peter Stein 1980)

18.00-18.15: Discussion

18.15-18.45: Oliver Taplin, Two contrasting Oresteias at the National Theatre in London (1981 directed by Peter Hall; 1999 directed by Katie Mitchell)

18.45-19.00: Discussion

Day 2

Sunday, 21/11/2021

Morning Session 1

Co-chairing: Gogo Varzelioti – Grigoris Ioannidis

10.00-10.30: Henri Schoenmakers, Recontextualisation and half a century of Oresteia performances

10.30-10.45: Discussion

10.45-11.30: Eleni Papazoglou, The Oresteia at the Greek ‘Metapolitefsi’ (1970s-1980s): The Ritual Quest

11.30-11.45: Discussion

11.45-12.00: Break

Morning Session 2

Chairing: Gogo Varzelioti – Grigoris Ioannidis

12.00-12.30: Constantina Stamatoyannaki, Η υπόληψη του αρχείου

12.30-12.45: Discussion

12.45-13.15: Dimitris Dimitriadis, Μετάφραση: διάσωση ή καταστροφή

13.15-13.30: Discussion

13.30-17.30: Break

Evening Session

Co-chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos – Henri Schoenmakers

17.30-18.30: Meeting Peter Stein: Die Orestie

18.30-19.30: Discussion

Day 3

Monday, 22/11/2021

Final Session

Chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos

17.30-17.50: Freddy Decreus, The Oresteia in the Anthropocene: From Mythos to Logos and back?

17.50-18.40: Milo Rau in conversation with Freddy Decreus: Orestes in Mosul

18.40-19.00: Discussion

19.00-19.15: Conclusions


(in alphabetical order)

Aspasia-Maria Alexiou, philologist – actress

Freddy Decreus, Universiteit Gent

Dimitris Dimitriadis, writer – translator

Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie Universität Berlin

Grigoris Ioannidis, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Lucie Kuligová, Director Czech Centre Athens

Platon Mavromoustakos, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Eleni Papazoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Milo Rau, director – writer – artistic director of ΝΤ Gent

Henri Schoenmakers, Roosevelt Academy Universiteit Utrecht

Constantina Stamatoyannaki, theatre scholar – archivist

Peter Stein, director

Oliver Taplin, University of Oxford – APGRD

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