The MICHAEL CACOYANNIS FOUNDATION
for the 3rd consecutive year organizes the NSRF program
“ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary Approaches”
and welcomes to Athens
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s department of Theater Studies
for a series of seminars and workshops
to be administered by members of its faculty,
as well as for the performance of the show
Lysistrata-X

The
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation for the third consecutive year organizes
the NSRF program “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary
Approaches”, which takes place in the context of the “ATTICA” Regional
Operational Program of the NSRF 2007-2013 and is co-financed by the
European Regional Development Fund and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
and Sports. The program’s initial duration was set at three years
(2012-2014) and has received an extension for the year 2015.

For
the 2014 organization, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation welcomes for
the first time in Athens the University of Jerusalem’s department of
Theater Studies. From September 3-10, the department’s academics will
tutor a series of seminars and workshops on Ancient Greek Drama, which
will be attended by those who submitted such requests during the
previous relative procedure. Following that, on September 11, 12 and
13, the University of Jerusalem’s department of Theater Studies will
present –with no admission fee– the show
Lysistrata-X
a dance theater play which makes use of multimedia and video performance, inspired by Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”

THE “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: INFLUENCES AND CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES” PROGRAM

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, consistent to its principles and purposes, continues for the third year running the implementation of its Program entitled “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary Approaches” which aims to promote the research and study of Ancient Greek Drama, as well as to develop a constant, creative, open dialogue and communication between creators and artists with different artistic perspectives. The Program is carried out as part of the “Attica” Regional Operational Program of the NSRF 2017-2013, of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

During both previous years, the program “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary Approaches”, attracted wide publicity in the Greek and foreign press.  Moreover it was very well accepted by the Greek academic community, the country’s artistic society, as well as all the art enthusiasts who attended the performances or participated for free in each year's seminars, tutored by Academic Teachers who work for two of the world’s most prestigious universities: the Stanford University (USA) and the University of Leeds (UK).

It is with great joy and satisfaction that the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation follows the most wide reception of this proposal which paves the way for dialogue and offers a different, contemporary perspective on subjects relevant to Ancient Greek Drama, announcing the Program’s continuation for the third consecutive year, following the invitation of the Theatre Studies Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to Athens. It is also privileged to announce the Program’s extension for one extra year (2015), when the MCF will invite two of the leading Academic Institutions in the performing arts field in Finland, the Aalto University – Department of Film, TV and Scenography of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, as well as the Theatre Academy of Helsinki.

Thus, for four consecutive years, an opportunity is offered for substantive study and insight into subjects relating to Ancient Greek Drama, through numerous and varying contemporary viewpoints. The program once again proves the great interest in and incessant focus of the international academic community on Ancient Greek Drama which moves and inspires artists, researchers and students alike in many different ways.

The first two years. A brief synopsis

The “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary Approaches” Program with initial duration of three years (2012 – 2014) –now extended for the year 2015– in cooperation with prestigious universities abroad, was initiated in September 2012, with the Stanford Summer Theater (SST) of Stanford University, USA, which staged the play Wanderings of Odysseus (based on Homer’s Odyssey) translated by Oliver Taplin and directed by Rush Rehm, at the Theatre Hall of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, from the 12th to the 15th of September 2012.

The program continued in September 2013, from 12th to 14th, with the University of Leeds’ (UK) School of Performance and Cultural Industries and its presentation of the play “Antigone” by Ashley Scott – Layton, who dramaturgically reformed and adapted Sophocles’ “Antigone”, directed by Dr.  George Rodosthenous.

During both consecutive years seminars and workshops by prominent academics (faculty/ associates) of the two Universities were organized with free participation, which were attended by more than 100 students per year.

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The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation is a distinguished cultural institution, actively present in the past years cultural goings-on. The study, support and promotion of the performance arts, which make up its main activity, establish it as a grand cultural centre of international radiance.

The Foundation's initiative to host, with the aid of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the «Ancient Drama: Influences and Contemporary Approaches» program, gives us the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the ways in which important foreign academic institutions approach and present ancient drama. Ancient Greek dramatic art is not just a part of our cultural heritage, but also an important chapter of modern theatre. The fact that foreign institutions vigorously pursue its study and promotion is proof that, through culture, our country is placed on a crucial point of the global cultural map and also of the sociopolitical map.

Despite our challenging times, the Foundation's educational program successfully continues for a third consecutive year, proving that our country's creative forces continue to be present and actively participate in showcasing our culture.

I hope that the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation's initiative will continue for many years to come, and will become an institution for the study of ancient drama. I wish you great success in this year's program.

Constantine Tasoulas
Minister of Culture and Sports

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This is the third consecutive year during which, in the context of its educational objectives, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, puts into effect the project “Ancient Greek Drama: Influences and Contemporary Approaches”, which has been included by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in the 2007-2013 NSRF and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the “ATTICA” Regional Operational Program – NSRF 2007-2013.

With this initiative, and through the fertile and creative collaboration with distinguished foreign Universities, the Foundation pursues and methodically cultivates the establishment of an international network for the research, study and teaching of ancient Greek drama in the city where Theatre was born. At the same time, it provides a hospitable space and a free podium for the communication and dialogue among researchers and creators of varying theoretical backgrounds, aesthetic approaches and pursuits, whilst granting numerous youths, students, artists and scientists the opportunity to broaden their horizons, their knowledge and aptitudes through seminars and workshops that are administered by distinguished professors and personalities of the industry, all offered for free, even in the current financially challenged environment.

Thus, the “Ancient Greek Drama: Influences and Contemporary Approaches” program creates the foundation for a “conversation” between the present and the past, art and science, as well as for a true and open dialogue between different cultures and traditions, which recognizes and values the wealth that this multiformity and diversity constitute. This is exceptionally important and necessary, if we wish to keep alive and timely the global educational and spiritually stimulating and elating role of theatre and dramatic art in the modern globalized and multi-cultural society.

In this Program’s context, acknowledged academics, theatrical creators and artists attain and present new readings and interpretive approaches of Ancient Greek Drama, which address the particularities and respond to the needs of the 21st century audience. New scientific knowledge, artistic readings, and contemporary expressive and technical means are combined towards the renewed intake, interpretation and holistic cognitive and aesthetic experience of ancient plays and their thematic agendas. And all this takes place here, in Athens, highlighting the city as a point of reference for the research, study and “teaching” of ancient drama, in both the original and modern meaning of the term.

With great joy, this September we welcome to Athens the Theatre Studies department of the internationally acclaimed Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which is to present at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation the play Lysistrata-X. It is an especially interesting modern choreodrama combining multimedia and video performance, inspired by Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”. The show is enveloped by a seminar and workshops that will be administered by distinguished instructors of the Hebrew University. They draw their topics from important stagings and directors of global theatre, but also from the research of the common attributes and differences between ancient drama and the various modern theatrical traditions and practices from around the world.

Therefore, we await this year’s program with great interest, and also with the absolute conviction that the artistic level of the performances, as well as the academic level of the workshops and seminars will be as high as that of the previous two years. So, in advance, we offer the organizers and the participants alike our most sincere congratulations and our heartfelt wishes.

Dr Lina Mendoni
General Secretary
Ministry of Culture and Sports

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This year, hosting the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation continues for a third year its “ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA: Influences and Contemporary approaches” Program, which is included in the Culture and Sports Ministry’s “ATTICA” Regional Operational Program of the 2007-2013 NSRF. In the context of this collaboration, a series of seminars and workshops by internationally acclaimed instructors will take place, alongside the Lysistrata-X performance, which is based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. During the two previous years, our successful collaborations with Stanford University (USA) and the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) have vindicated our choices and have, for the years that will follow, created high expectations among the Greek audience.

From the beginning, our goal has been to import acclaimed foreign universities’ research, study and practice of Ancient Greek Drama to young Greek creators and to the audience, bringing them in to direct contact with the ways, methods and results of different views and approaches.

Thanks to their timeless quality and the unique depth of their meaning, the ancient Greek dramaturgy’s texts have evolved into a good for all humanity, a global culture legacy and a guide for generations to come.

At all times, particularly during crucial conditions such as the ones we are going through, theatre’s role is to investigate, to trace and pose questions. Texts of Ancient Greek Drama comprise timeless and contemporaneous social contracts.

This is their greatest strength.

Xenia Kaldara
General Manager/ Vice Chancellor
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

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