Artistic and Research Programme

Ancient Drama & Political Sciences

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

10 – 22 September 2019

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

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

The research and artistic programme Grand Narratives. The Return explores the encounter between Ancient Greek Tragedy and Political Sciences.

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation:

  • Welcomes the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of the University of Bonn,  internationally recognized for science and research studies, specializing on the thematic axes: The scientific departments focus on the subject areas of •Comparative Research on Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes •Science Studies and the Politics of Science  •Comparatitive Research on Religions and Digital Society.
  • Invites Dimos Avdeliodis to present the performance The Suppliants  by Euripides.
  • Presents the artwork of 23 contemporary comic strip makers at the Oresteia_Reversed exhibition
  • In the two-day academic forum Ancient Drama and Political: Performance-Philosophy-Political Theory unites:
  • Researchers and Artists fromForum Internationale Wissenschaft of University of Bonn
  • The European Network of Research and Documentation of Performances of Ancient Greek Drama (Arc-Net)
  • Researchers and scholars from Greece and abroad (Freie University of Berlin, University of Bochum, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Exeter) 
  • The artistic and research team Magenta
  • The Arts Council Greece

Grand Narratives.The Return consists of:

  • The performance The Suppliants by Euripides (12,13,14 September, 2019)
  • The comics exhibition Oresteia_Reversed (10-22 September, 2019)
  • The Forum Ancient Drama and Political: Performance-Philosophy-Political Theory (18-19 September, 2019),
  • Seminars/Workshops focused on the Ancient Drama and the Political Sciences  (13-17  September, 2019)


The debate on doing and making politics and art is re-activated, addressing questions and exploring issues, such as:

• Grand narratives in politics and art

• The stones and the people: a political relationship. How do we deal with the fragments of ancient drama and of the past?

• Aestheticization of the political / politicization of art

• Popularism / Elitism

• The “entitlement” as a pathogenesis in modern societies

• Limits / laws / self-limitation

• Homogeneity of political discourse, propaganda, fake news