“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”.
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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
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
20-22 November 2021
Evening Session 1
17.00-17.10: Platon Mavromoustakos, Introduction
- 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)
18.15-18.45: Oliver Taplin, Two contrasting Oresteias at the National Theatre in London (1981 directed by Peter Hall; 1999 directed by Katie Mitchell)
Morning Session 1
Co-chairing: Gogo Varzelioti – Grigoris Ioannidis
10.00-10.30: Henri Schoenmakers, Recontextualisation and half a century of Oresteia performances
10.45-11.30: Eleni Papazoglou, The Oresteia at the Greek ‘Metapolitefsi’ (1970s-1980s): The Ritual Quest
Morning Session 2
Chairing: Gogo Varzelioti – Grigoris Ioannidis
12.00-12.30: Constantina Stamatoyannaki, Η υπόληψη του αρχείου
12.45-13.15: Dimitris Dimitriadis, Μετάφραση: διάσωση ή καταστροφή
Co-chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos – Henri Schoenmakers
17.30-18.30: Meeting Peter Stein: Die Orestie
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
(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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