The theatre group Dromos me Dentra, continuing its research on Ancient Greek Drama is staging Euripides’ Bacchae at the Old Oil Mill of the Municipality of Eleusis, during the Aeschylia Festival in the summer of 2013.
The students of the 9-month seminar on Bacchae taking place at Baumstrasse Studio will also take part in the performance.
Translation: Nikoletta Frintzila
Directing: Martha Frintzila
Music, Set Designer: Vassilis Mantzoukis
Choreography: RootlessRoot-Linda Kapetanea, Josef Frucek
Costume Designer: Ilianna Skoulaki
Lighting Designer: Felice Ross
Vocal/ Phonetics training: Angela Brouskou
Chorus training: Camilo Bentancor
Scientific Associate: Iosif Vivilakis
E.R.Dodds in his “Introduction of Bacchae” stresses that:
If we are to understand the Bacchae, we need to take off our minds the paintings of Titian and Rubens, to forget the verses of Keats about Bacchus: “For wine we follow Bacchus, through the earth, great god of breathless cups and chirping mirth” (Keats, Song of the Indian Maid).
We also need to remember that orgies did not have the same connotations that they have today but they were instead acts of devotion and that to become a ‘Bacchae’ does not mean to have fun but it means to get a particular religious experience- the experience of communion with God, that transforms the human being into a ‘Bacchae’.