1st Meeting of Young Artists of SE Europe ANCIENT DRAMA AND POLITICS from 22 to 29 of September > (20/09/2017)


“Ancient Drama and Politics”
Tracing Limits and Possibilities
22 to 29 September 2017.
  
The National Theatre of Northern Greece organizes the 1st Meeting of Young Artists of Southeast Europe. Entitled “Ancient Drama and Politics” (Tracing Limits and Possibilities) the Meeting will be held from 22 to 29 September 2017.


"Troas"

The Meeting is part of a three-year programme and aims to link the valuable inheritance of Ancient Drama with contemporary artistic creation and to provide motives to young artists from Greece and Southeast Europe to work on ancient theatre texts, bringing out new perspectives and correlations with the contemporary social and political reality.

Focusing on the educational nature of the activities and aiming to create a framework for dialogue that will provide stimuli and promote interaction between artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, the Meeting includes a series of workshops, masterclasses and lectures as well as performances by young artists. At the same time, open presentations and discussions with the public are planned.


Simos Kakalas

To be more specific, from 23 to 27 September, the directors Simos Kakalas and Aris Biniaris will lead two workshops for Greek and foreign actors and directors. The workshops’ results will be presented to the public on Thursday 28 September.


Aris Biniaris

In addition, two masterclasses will be offered: the first one, led by Georgina Kakoudaki (theatre theorist, director and Educational Programmes co-curator of Athens and Epidaurus Festival) will be held on Tuesday 26 September,16.00-19.00; the second one, led by Alexandra Kazazou (actor and director) will be held on Wednesday 27 September, 16.00-19.00. Both masterclasses will take place in the Foyer of the Society for Macedonian Studies.
 

Georgina Kakoudaki

The National Theatre of Northern Greece participates in the Meeting with a contemporary approach of Sophocles “Oedipus Tyrannus”. The play, performed by a group of young actors directed by Giorgos Kolovos, will be presented on Sunday 24 September, at the Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies. Two more presentations are scheduled: the theatre performance “Troas” by Dimitris Dimitriadis directed by Alexandra Kazazou and the performance-installation “Prometheus bound” directed by Athina Dragkou. After the performances there will be a discussion with the public.

The Meeting is part of the International Network of Ancient Drama established, coordinated and supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE MEETING

Friday 22/09
Arrivals. Meeting of the Participants at Café Theatro.

Saturday 23/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

Sunday 24/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

21:15: Theatre performance “Oedipus Tyrannus”, Directed by: Giorgos Kolovos
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies


Giorgos Kolovos

Monday 25/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

19:15: Lecture by Georgina Kakoudaki: “New institutions on ancient paths: Themes, goals and plans for the future. The case of the Epidaurus Lyceum of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and the International Network of Ancient Drama of the Ministry of Culture»
Vassiliko Theatre Foyer

Tuesday 26/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

16:00-19:00: Masterclass “The State, the Citizen and the Beginning of Dialogue”
with Georgina Kakoudaki
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer

19:15: Lecture by Giorgos Tsomis (Associate Professor at the Department of Greek Literature at the Democritus University of Thrace, Assistant Professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt and Scientific Adviser of the International Opera Studio of Patras) “Political Dimensions in the Performances of Ancient Greek Drama on German stages from the Age of National Socialism until Today”.
Vassiliko Theatre Foyer

21:15: Theatre performance “Troas”, Directed by: Alexandra Kazazou. 
Teatr Andra (Istanbul, Turkey)
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies

Wednesday 27/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

16:00-19:00: Masterclass with Alexandra Kazazou

19:15: Discussion “Contemporary Theatre Approaches of Ancient Greek drama”. With: Simos Kakalas, Aris Biniaris, Cezaris Graužinis
Vassiliko Theatre Foyer 

21:15: Performance - Installation “Prometheus Bound”, Direction-Installation: Athina Dragkou 
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies 


Poster of the play "Prometheus bound"

Thursday 28/09
10:00-15:00 Workshop with Aris Biniaris “Theatre with Song as Vehicle”
Society for Macedonian Studies Foyer 

10:00-15:00 Workshop with Simos Kakalas “Orestis” 
Society for Macedonian Studies 7th Floor

19:15: Lecture by Ivana Nenadovic (dramaturg, National Theatre in Belgrade) and Konstantinos Pavlidis (visual artist) “The Bacchae by Euripides – Contemporary approaches in the performing arts”
Vassiliko Theatre Foyer 

21:00: Presentations of the Workshops led by Simos Kakalas and Aris Biniaris
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies 

Friday 29/09
13:00: Final Discussion 
Vassiliko Theatre (Upper Foyer) 


Ivana Nenadovic
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES

“Orestes” by Simos Kakalas, director
Based on Euripides’ “Orestes”, which outlines the wrecked Athens of the Peloponnesian War and the declining course of democracy, the workshop will detect the function of tragedy and the framework of its presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with the mask technique and the possibilities of expression and representation that it provides to the actor.

“Theatre with Song as Vehicle” by Aris Biniaris, director
The participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to experiment using as vehicles traditional songs and the musicality of the texts of the ancient Greek tragedy. The seminar is addressed to young actors who seek to enrich, strengthen and deepen their relationship with their body, voice and expression. 

“The State, the Citizen and the Beginning of Dialogue” by Georgina Kakoudaki, theatre theorist, director and Educational Programmes co-curator of Athens and Epidaurus Festival
A workshop aiming at the management of public discourse through the works of ancient drama (Sophocles “Antigone”, Aristophanes “The Birds” and “The Clouds”).

Masterclass by Alexandra Kazazou, actress and director
This masterclass, with Alexandra Kazazou and members of the Teatr Andra,  will deal with the voice and the body as a single unified tool of the Performer, always through the dynamics of the whole.

Participation in the workshops and masterclasses is free of charge.

General Entrance to the shows: 5 €

 
Alexandra Kazazou

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