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Performing Greece 2017: The 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Greek Theatre - 09/12/2017


Performing Greece, currently in its third year, returns to Birkbeck this December. In an increasingly difficult time for European artists working in the UK, contemporary Greek theatre, like its cinema, is also increasingly relevant – both in its exploration of crisis and immigration, and in its role in the reception of classical Greek drama. There have been a number of successful productions of contemporary Greek theatre lately in the UK – in venues such as The National, Royal Court and Barbican, but fringe venues also – as well as a recent conference at the University of Oxford on Karolos Koun. Reflecting on the presence and potential of this theatrical culture, Performing Greece brings together scholars, critics and theatremakers to explore contemporary Greek theatre in the UK and beyond. At the previous two conferences, apart from academic papers, we had also presented staged readings of new Greek plays and we are keen to present more, and to inspire fruitful discussion between academics, writers, performers and theatre artists in general.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 09/12/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Dr. Christos Callow Jr (Birkbeck, University of London) ; Dr. Andriana Domouzi (Royal Holloway, University of London)

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Inscripción online / registration online / registrazione online


9:00-9:30 Assembly and registration

9:30-10:30 Keynote

· Dr. Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent): “An emotional engagement with the Classical Past: Karolos Koun and the staging of Greek theatre in the 20th Century.”

Chair: Dr. Andriana Domouzi (Royal Holloway, University of London)

10:30-11:20 Panel: Contemporary Greek Theatre & Migration

· Dr. Marissia Fragkou (Canterbury Christ Church University): “‘Strange’ Homelands: Encountering the Migrant on the Contemporary Greek Stage.”

· Claire Frampton (The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford): “Contemporary Greek Theatre and Migration: Two Case Studies.”

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:45 Panel: Modern & Contemporary Reception of Ancient Greek Tragedy

· Claire Carroll (Yale University): “Citizen as Spectator and Witness: The Classical Activation of Audiences in South Africa.”

· Magdalena Zira (King’s College London): “Tragicomedy and pessimism in contemporary reception of Greek drama in Greece: Katerina Evangelatos’ Alcestis, National Theatre of Greece, 2017.”

· Film Screening: Costis Zouliatis (Film Director, Ionian University): “Aeschylus’ Persians, 1965: Jani Christou & Karolos Koun.”

12:45-13:45 Lunch break (own arrangements)

13:45-14:35 Panel: Assimilation of “Foreign” Theatre in Contemporary Greek Culture

· Dr. Stella Keramida (University of Reading): “Performance art in Greece: Form, content and reception.”

· Dr. Maria Mytilinaki-Kennedy (City University of New York): “Performance, Translation and Historiography in Contemporary Greece.”

14:35-14:45 Break

14:45-15:35 Panel: Contemporary Reception of Aristophanes

· Evi Stamatiou (University of Chichester): “Three Steps to Agency: How Aristophanes’ comedy can inspire contemporary actors and writers.”

· Dr. Olga Śmiechowicz (Jagiellonian University): “Graphic Novel adaptations of Old Ancient Comedy.”

15:35-16:30 Panel: Theatre Theory & Practice in Greece & UK

· Maria Gaitanidi (Artistic Director of We are Raw Material): “Artist’s Ascetica, the paradigm of silence.”

· Panel Discussion: Dr. Angeliki Spiropoulou (University of London & University of the Peloponnese), Magdalena Zira, Evi Stamatiou, Dr. Christos Callow Jr.

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