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. https://www.fiw.uni-bonn.de/
  • 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)

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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

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