ATTIKO SCHOOL OF ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA 2022
10th Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama
Notes towards a pandemic Oresteia
When: 1-10 July 2022
Welcome to the 10th Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama! The summer school programme will take place July 1-10 in the city of Elefsina.
The Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama has been operating at the heart of Elefsina for 10 years now.
It was 2012 when the city of Elefsina first welcomed the idea of creating a school dedicated to the teaching and practice of ancient Greek drama. From that point on to the present day, the Attiko School has kept its finger on the pulse of the city, teaching, learning and growing as an institution.
Over the course of this decade, the programme has assembled valued friends and collaborators, supporters, believers and devotees, collaborating with major universities and institutions in Greece and abroad, contributing to the creation of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports’ International Network of Ancient Drama, and carving out its own path in the cultural life of the city. The summer school's cultural contribution has also been cemented by its establishment as a legacy programme within the framework of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture.
It is with the same dedication and drive that we continue to provide the city and its inhabitants with a school open to all, a place for learning, unity and creative expression, a school worthy of the city that was, is and will remain a cultural capital for both Europe and the wider world.
The 10th Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama is scheduled to take place between 1 and 10 July. It is addressed to all individuals over the age of 18 with an active interest in Ancient Greek Drama and its interpretation in the present day. The school’s intensive summer programme, featuring teachers from both Greece and abroad, will host a total of 30 students.
AKYLLAS KARAZISIS — ACTING
Everyone has a right to navigate the theatrical experience. Their particular approach must be respected.
MARTHA FRINTZILA — ACTING
“The Ten Minute Tragedy”
Over the course of one week, students will develop a solo performance of a ten-minute tragedy of his/her choice, in which s/he will play all of the roles. The ten-minute performances will be presented at the end of the workshop session.
IOANNA REMEDIAKI — ACTING MASTERCLASS
“Tragedy and Democracy — Oresteia”
This workshop will examine and attempt to reconstruct the collective voice of tragedy and democracy in the myth of Orestes. We will hear the testimonies of both Clytemnestra in Agamemnon and Orestes in The Libration Bearers, and then we will proceed to the Supreme Court in The Eumenides, taking part in the first dramatised trial in the city’s history. This part of our work (a 2nd two-hour event) will take place in one of the city’s public spaces, inviting the residents of Elefsina to participate in the proceedings. Our goal is to inspire a public debate around the Oresteia trilogy and the multiple voices of truth, allowing us to interact with the city and explore our contemporary identity as citizens.
CAMILO BENTANCOR — ACTING WITH MASKS
Together we will learn how to use masks in order to create characters, weaving a canvas through acting in order to improvise our way towards a dramaturgical challenge: the performance of commedia. We will be using our bodies, our voices and the given space as our improvisational tools.
YIANNIS DESPOTAKIS — VOCAL IMPROVISATION
“Exploring the Unpredictable”
An improvisation-based workshop dedicated to the exploration of the human voice and instant composition. This will be a 2-day workshop divided into two parts.
Part One: Life and Art — A journey from primitive man’s initial discovery of improvisation to the present day.
Part Two: Voice and Heart — Nature Improvisation — Active Listening and Passive Play
NATALIA LAMPADAKI — POLYPHONIC SINGING
We explore the human voice as a product of the body through breathing and vocal exercises but also through learning polyphonic songs. We discover the power of choral singing through polyphony and vocal improvisation. We seek vocal freedom and the identification of those unique traits in each one of us that come together in order to make up a colourful vocal ensemble. Comfortable clothing is essential.
SIMONE MONGELLI — BODY PERCUSSION
Body Music is the creation of music exclusively through the use of the human body: vocalising, clapping, feet hitting the ground, hands producing sound on various body parts without the additional use of any musical instruments or objects. Together we will explore the essential sounds of the human body, while also working on the coordination between sound, voice and movement, on individual and collective synchronisation, on movement within a given space, on the use of the body as a rhythmic accompaniment for singing, and on the performance of traditional rhythms and music.
IRO KONTI — KINESIOLOGY / MODERN DANCE
"Remapping the body"
The workshop’s philosophy is built around the unique, different way in which each body moves. Through improvisational exercises we will be focusing both on technical tools, such as the uses of the sole, weight transfers, trapezes and jumps, as well as on the search for different qualities and dynamics that set our movement free.
NIKOLETTA FRINTZILA — INTRALINGUAL TRANSLATION
“What would Aeschylus say…”
Intralingual translation workshop.
Learning to “call a spade a spade” through modern games with the words of lyric and tragic poets.
EVENTS (Free admission on a first come, first served basis)
Centring on the main characters of Aeschylus’s Oresteia trilogy, the Attiko School convenes the Ecclesia, the Citizen’s Assembly, starting a dialogue with the people on the issues that emerge from the trilogy and remain highly relevant to this day.
We start a conversation about the "musts" and "forevers" of the Oresteia trilogy and of society, about the institution of family and the unwritten laws of submission, about women in power, about victims of the patriarchy, about women who are perceived as masculine and men who are perceived as weak, about loyalty and infidelity, about pedophilia, about the duty of a son and that of a daughter, about "collateral" damages, about warmongering, about the commodification, exploitation and abuse of women, about guilt and forgiveness, about human and divine justice.
We discuss the modern Aeschylus and the past and future of theatre in Europe and the world with guest speakers from Greece and abroad. The Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama and 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture invite you to weigh in on an urgent debate that has been going on for 25 centuries.
EVENTS (Free admission on a first come, first served basis)
Friday, July 1st - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
DRAMATIC READING OF “CLYTEMNESTRA” by Marguerite Yourcenar
Reading by MARTHA FRINTZILA, Cello by NIKOS PAPAIOANNOU
Translation: Nikoletta Frintzila
Saturday, July 2nd - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
A MEETING WITH GEORGINA KAKOUDAKI - “MUSTS and FOREVERS in Oresteia"
Sunday, July 3rd - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
A MEETING WITH THALIA PORTOKALOGLOU "Cassandra, the voice of collective female trauma"
Monday, July 4th - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
A MEETING WITH LYDIA KONIORDOU "CLYTEMNESTRA — A woman in power”
Tuesday, July 5th - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
SCREENING OF THE FILM "ANAPARASTASIS" by Theo Angelopoulos
Wednesday, July 6th - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
A MEETING WITH DIMITRIS ANGELIS "To whom does Language belong?"
Thursday, July 7th - 21.00 | Old Railway Station of Elefsina
A MEETING WITH TED PAPAKOSTAS “What’s the deal with Aeschylus and his Drama?”
Friday, July 8th - 21.00 | X Bowling Art Center
SCREENING OF THE FILM "NOTES TOWARDS AN AFRICAN ORESTES" by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Saturday, July 9th - 22.30 | X Bowling Art Center
Sunday, July 10th - 19.00 | X Bowling Art Center
19.00-20.00 A MEETING WITH ATHOS DANELLIS
20.00-21.00 PERFORMANCE OF KARAGIOZIS BY ATHOS DANELLIS AND THE ATHENS SHADOW THEATER COMPANY
The Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama is implemented with the support of 2023 ELEVSIS European Capital of Culture and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports’ International Network of Ancient Drama.
1-10 July 2022 | APPLICATION FORM
X Bowling Art Center, Charilaou 12, Elefsina Google Maps Link
Old Railway Station of Elefsina, Agathou 42, Elefsina Google Maps Link
By SUBWAY — AGIA MARINA Station: 876 (AGIA MARINA STATION-ELEFSINA) — 1st Mouriki Stop
By SUBWAY — EGALEO Station: 845 (PIRAEUS-ELEFSINA) — 1st Mouriki Stop
The Attiko School of Ancient Greek Drama is implemented with the support of 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports’ International Network of Ancient Drama.