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17th Postgraduate Symposium: Movement and limits in the theory and practice of ancient drama -26-27/


The 17th Annual APGRD / Royal Holloway, University of London Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 26 June (at the Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford) and Tuesday 27 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘movement and limits in the theory and practice of ancient drama.’

This annual Symposium focuses on the reception of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, exploring the afterlife of these ancient dramatic texts through re-workings by both writers and practitioners across all genres and periods. This year’s theme is a timely response to the current surge of scholarly interest in mass geopolitical movement and national boundaries, in corporeality and formal conventions. Speakers from a number of countries will give papers on the reception of Greek and Roman drama. This year’s guest respondent will be Dr Helen Slaney (Roehampton University). Among those present at this year’s symposium will be Prof. Fiona Macintosh and Prof. Oliver Taplin. The first day of the symposium will include a dance performance by Marie-Louise Crawley (APGRD Artist in Residence January - June 2017) at the Ashmolean Museum.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford (England) [26/06/2017]

Royal Holloway, Egham (England) [27/06/2017]

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: University of Oxford ; APGRD ; Royal Holloway University ; SPHS

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Guest Respondent: Dr Helen Slaney (Roehampton University)

Day 1: Monday 26 June: Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU 10.30-11.00 Registration, coffee and welcome from Prof. Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

11.00-11.45 Moving in museum spaces in the Ashmolean Museum (next door to Ioannou Centre)

Marie-Louise Crawley (APGRD Artist in Residence January - June 2017) – ‘What remains? Dancing the Metamorphoses’

11.45-12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-1.00 Dancing across boundaries

Sam Agbamu (KCL) – Dangerous Dancing: Pantomime and the Politics of the Performative

Haritini Tsikoura (Nanterre) – Transcending limits with movement: Mathilde Monnier’s Pour Antigone

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.50 Setting boundaries

Andria Michael (Royal Holloway) – National Boundaries Set, Broken, and restored: Antigone from the Greek National Theatre in 1940 and 1956

Giovanna Di Martino (Oxford) – Movement and limits in Vittorio Alfieri’s ‘reformed’ tragic theatre

2.50-3.40 Crossing boundaries I: Supranational and Supernatural

Nebojsa Todorovic (Yale) – Geopolitical liminality in Oedipus at Colonus

Robert Emil Berge (NTNU) – Aristophanes’ Frogs Dancing in the Dark: A Case for an Evening Performance

3.40-4.10 Tea

4.10-5.00 Crossing boundaries II: women and transgression

Alyssa Hubbard (Oxford) – Choral Movement in Euripides’ Medea

Vasileia Kouliouri (Bristol) – Movement and Limits in the ‘Cassandra Scene’ of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon

5.00-5.20 Tea

5.20-5.50 Translating across boundaries

Francesco Morosi, Francesco Cannizzaro, Stefano Fanucchi, Leyla Ozbek (Pisa) – Movements across languages: Translating Sophocles for the Italian Stage

6.00-6.30 Visiting Lecturer: Isabelle Torrance (Associate Professor, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University) - (Im)/mobility in Tom Paulin’s Seize the Fire

6.30-7.00 Drinks

7.00 Informal supper in the Common Room, Ioannou Centre

Day 2: Tuesday 27 June: Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX – Caryl Churchill Theatre, Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance

10.45-11.00 Registration, coffee and welcome from Prof. Elizabeth Schafer (RHUL)

11.00-12.30 Moving gender

Sean Kelly (Oxford) – Movement and the Representation of Difference in Euripides’ Bacchae: The 2017 Oxford Greek Play

David Bullen (Royal Holloway) with SJ Brady and Wendy Haines (By Jove Theatre Company) – From City to Mountain: Locating and (Re)making Feminist Acts in By Jove's Bacchae Plays

Oliver Smith (KCL) – Iphigenia reborn as a rave fable

12.30-1.10 Lunch

1.15-2.00 Elizabeth Schafer (RHUL) and Dr Rebecca McCutcheon (RHUL, theatre director) – work-in-progress performance: Public Sacrifice, Private Trauma: Conflicting Domains in Jane Lumley's Iphigenia at Aulis

2.15-3.30 Modern moves

Mariam Kaladze (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) – Experiment in the Ancient Genre of Mennipea - “Antigone” in Georgian Stage

Sylvia Solakidi (Surrey) – The Wisdom of the Body: Moving towards a Cathartic Encounter with ancient Greek Myths in Jan Fabre’sMount Olympus – to Glorify the Cult of Tragedy (2015)

Clara Daniel (Aix-Marseille University) – Plautus in Modern Adaptations: Re-Democratizing Popular Classical Comedies

3.30-4.00 Tea

4.00-4.30 Dr Emma Cox (RHUL) and Fiona Macintosh (Oxford) – Processional movement: a critical dialogue

4.30-5.30 Plenary: Response from Dr Helen Slaney

5.30-6.30 Drinks in Rehearsal Room B

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