Athens 2017 - Contested Cities

Contested Cities | Athens 2017

Act: “Establishment and Promotion of International Institutions of Contemporary Culture in Attica”

Action II: “Ancient Drama: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Art Approaches”

Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the EU in the framework of

Regional Operational Programme of “ATTIKA”, 2014-2020



Within the framework of R.O.P. “ATTICA” of NSRF 2014-2020, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation organises in September 2017 the Programme “ANCIENT DRAMA: INTERDISCIPLINARY AND CROSS-ART APPROACHES”, in collaboration with CONTESTED_CITIES. The programme will take place at the Cultural Centre of the Foundation; it is a continuation, upgrading and enrichment of the project “Ancient Drama: Influences and Modern Approaches”, which was implemented with great success under the NSRF 2007-2013 (ROP “Attica”). This initiative consists of a three-year programme that activates and presents “paradox” synergies of art and sciences with Ancient Drama as a starting point, based on three thematic axes (different per year) conveyed via three specific artistic practices. It inspires a high degree of innovation as it complements and extends the already existing coordinated and rich reflection in relation to the theatrical realization of Ancient Drama and its classic methods of representation. By opening up these concerns and attempting these “paradoxical” synergies of arts and science, it aims to empower and enrich the reception of Ancient Drama through the performing arts in the 21st century. This program fully corresponds to the statutory objectives of the Cacoyannis Foundation and substantially upgrades its educative role. Particularly, innovation in the field of Ancient Drama, is a major challenge corresponding to the work of Michael Cacoyannis and more particularly his direction of the famous Trilogy (Iphigeneia, Women of Troy, and Electra).

The programme “ANCIENT DRAMA: INTERDISCIPLINARY AND CROSS-ART APPROACHES” elaborates with the establishment of an institution with particular artistic and educational character as part of future plans of the Foundation to promote interdisciplinary research and study of Ancient Drama. It aims to lay the foundations for an international network of communication and dialogue between researchers and artists with different artistic approaches. The exchange of different artistic approaches, theories and practices will, amongst others, contribute to the emergence of Athens as a reference point for the research, study and practice of Ancient Drama. At the same time, this initiative provides the opportunity to young researchers, artists, creators and students to broaden their horizons and skills.



Programme outline – 2017

This year’s programme is titled CONTESTED_CITIES ATHENS 2017 and will take place from 18th to 30th September 2017. It has been organised in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and the University of Leeds (UK).

The programme consists of:

  1. a)Scientific seminarsand practical workshops, scheduled from September 19th to 26th.
  2. b)Anart exhibition, scheduled from September 19th to 30th.
  3. c)An openscientific forum, scheduled on September 23rd and 24th.
  4. d)Atheatre performance, which is based on real-life displacement stories presented with appropriate extracts from Ancient Greek Tragedies at the Theatre of the Cacoyannis Foundation on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September.