“Atreides: The Greek and Czech Society Turned Upside Down on Stage” Investigating the reception of Atreides

The hybrid webinar and international forum continues with the participation of important theatre artists at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

from Thursday, January 20 to Sunday, January 23.

“Atreides: Grand Narratives | The Greek and Czech Society Turned Upside Down on Stage – Exploring the reception of Atreides in popular culture

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

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the Laboratory of Ancient Drama and Theatrical Research of the Department of Theatrical Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama and the České Centrum Athens, organize the Action: Ancient Drama: Interdisciplinary and Cross Art Approaches.

The hybrid webinar entitled “Atreides: Grand Narratives | The Greek and Czech Society Turned Upside Down on Stage – Exploring the reception of Atreides in popular culture” continues Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January 2022, at the Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation.

The webinar will host renowned academics, researchers, and artists from Greece and the Czech Republic, picking up from the leading Greek and world theatre personalities who participated in the first cycle. 

Taking place in November 2021, the first cycle attracted significant interest due to the prominent academics and theatre-makers who participated: Oliver Taplin (University of Oxford – APGRD), Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin), Henri Schoenmakers (Roosevelt Academy Universiteit Utrecht), Dimitris Dimitriadis (author – translator), Freddy Decreus (Universiteit Gent), Eleni Papazoglou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Konstantina Stamatogiannaki (Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive ELIA-MIET), Platon Mavromoustakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens).  

The great German director Peter Stein shared his memories and thoughts on his historic staging of “Oresteia” at the Berlin Schaubühne. Swiss director and writer Milo Rau spoke as an artist, activist, and artistic director of NTGENT, on his groundbreaking performance of “Orestes in Mosul”. 

As part of this exciting synergy, their two iconic performances were offered online for free for a limited time.  

Following the seminar lectures, young and renowned researchers and creators will explore issues of representation, reception, and dramatic approach in contemporary performances of Oresteia, focusing on notions like Hybris, Nemesis, and Catharsis vis-à-vis the fate of another emblematic tragic hero Hercules. 

This comparative study will explore the issue of Hybris and its imperishable connection with Power. In addition to theatrical representational research, the Atreides myth will also be explored through cinematic performances. 

During the International Forum, on January 22 and 23, round tables will host directors who have proposed stage versions of Oresteia or other dramatic texts on the theme of Hybris and Power, as well as actors who participated in these performances, to discuss: their creative choices, the difficulties they encountered, as well as how we can approach these works today, how they relate to our existence and a range of contemporary concerns.

Well-known Czech director Tomas Louzny will participate in the webinar and a round table with his creative team. Daniel Pribyl, Academic Professor and Director of City Theaters in Prague -one of Prague’s most dynamic and prestigious cultural institutes, playing an important role in the Czech and European theatrical scene- will discuss tragedy reception. 

The seminar will offer simultaneous interpretation between English, Greek, and Czech. 

The seminar is organized by the Michalis Cacoyannis Foundation, the Laboratory of Ancient Drama and Theatrical Research of the Department of Theatrical Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama, in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To attend the seminar: please call 210 3418574 and email adrama@mcf.gr

Those who register for both cycles will receive a Certification of Attendance.

Day 1

Thursday, 20/01/2022

Evening Session 1 / Opening

17.00-17.45: Alexandra Georgopoulou

Gogo Varzelioti

Jana Burianová

Evening Session 2

Chairing: Eleni Papazoglou

17.45-18.15: Introduction: Platon Mavromoustakos

18.15-18.45: Dmitry Trubotchkin, Oresteia in Russian theatre: main themes and stages of interpretation

18.45-17.00: Discussion

19.00-19.30: Tomáš Loužný, Working on Hercules in between theatre and concert

19.30-19.45: Discussion

Day 2

Friday, 21/01/2022

Evening Session 1

Chairing: Gogo Varzelioti

16.30-17.00: Michaela Antoniou, Yorgos Michaelidis’ Oresteiae

17.00-17.15: Discussion

17.15-17.30: Break

Evening Session 2

Round Table, Gregory Ioannidis

17.30-19.00: Ιο Voulgaraki, Lilly Meleme, Georgia Mavragani

19.00-19.15: Break

Evening Session 3

Chairing: Gregory Ioannidis

19.15-19.45: Olympia Glykioti, Chorality in Theodore Terzopoulos’ Agamemnon (Beijing, 2016): inertia and vibration of the matter

19.45-20.00: Discussion

Day 3 – International Forum

Saturday, 22/01/2022

Morning Session 1

Chairing: Michaela Antoniou

10.00-10.30: Ioli Andreadi, “Agamemnon” Reconstructed: A Letter to an American Friend

10.30-11.00: Anastasia Bakogianni, Screening Ancient Heroines: Michael Cacoyannis’ Electra (1962) and Iphigenia (1977)

11.00-11.30: Anna Karakatsouli, Pier Paolo Pasolini in a Post-Colonial Context: The Appunti per Un’ Orestiade Africana (1973)

11.30-12.00: Angeliki Poulou, (A)pollonia by Krzysztof Warlikowski and Orestea by Romeo Castellucci: digital media as poetic agents and the multimedia adaptation of Oresteia

 12.00-12.30: Discussion

12.30-12.45: Break

Morning Session 2

Chairing: Anna Karakatsouli

12.45-13.15: Aspasia-Maria Alexiou, Reflections of memory in Yannis Houvardas’ Oresteia

13.15-13.45: Christos Galitis, Music as dramaturgical tool in Yannis Houvardas’ Oresteia. Equilibrium and Composition in the Post-dramatic Theatre era

13.45-14.15: Discussion

14.15-17.00: Break

Evening Session 1, Dedicated to the memory of Eva Stehlíková

Chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos

Oliver Taplin

Henri Schoenmakers

Pavlína Šípová

18.10-18.20: Karolína Stehlíková

18.20-18.30: Break

Evening Session 2

Chairing: Platon Mavromoustakos

18.30-19.00: Eleni Koutsilaiou, The meaning of simulacrum and disentegration in Andreas Flourakis’ Replicas – Orestes

19.15-19.45: Discussion

Day 4 – International Forum

Sunday, 23/01/2022

Morning Session

Round Table, Eleni Papazoglou

11.00-12.30: Tomáš Louzny, Ivo Sedláček, Marie Nováková

Afternoon Session

15.00-15.30: Włodzimierz Staniewski in conversation with Platon Mavromoustakos

15.30-15.45: Discussion

Evening Session

Round Table, Platon Mavromoustakos

17.00-19.00: Michaela Antoniou, Angela Brouskou, Constantine Zamanis, Parthenopi Mpouzouri, Thanos Papakonstantinou, Mirto Rigou, Efi Theodorou

19.00-19.15: Break

19.15-20.00: Tatiana Papamoschou in conversation with Alexandra Georgopoulou

20.00-20.30: Conclusions / Closing speeches:

Lucie Kuligová

Platon Mavromoustakos

Gogo Varzelioti

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

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