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Performing Antiquity: The Reception of Greek Tragedy on Stage and Screen

O Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras da UFPR, com o apoio do Centro de Línguas e Interculturalidade,

convida ao mini-curso:

Performing Antiquity: The Reception of Greek Tragedy on Stage and Screen

com a profª. Anastasia Bakogianni (The Open University – Londres)


Carga horária: 15 horas

Datas e horários:

26 de agosto, segunda-feira: das 14h30 às 17h30, sala 1100 (conferência), e das 18h30 às 20h30, sala 1000
(apresentação de filme)

27 de agosto, terça-feira: das 14h30 às 17h30, sala 1100 (conferência), e das 18h30 às 20h30, sala 400 (apresentação de filme)

28 de agosto, quarta-feira: das 14h30 às 17h30, sala 1100 (conferência), e das 18h30 às 20h30, sala 1005b (apresentação de filme)

Inscrições gratuitas na secretaria da pós-graduação em letras, das 9 às 12h e das 14 às 17h, de 22 de julho a 25 de agosto, ou no e-mail

O curso será totalmente ministrado em inglês.

Os participantes receberão certificados e/ou um crédito em disciplina da pós-graduação em letras


1.      From modern to ancient: the tools of classical reception and the return to the performance texts of Greek Tragedy
2.      Performing suffering and loss on the modern stage: Katie Mitchell’s Iphigenia at Aulis (2004) and The Trojan Women (2007-08) at the National Theatre (London)
3.      Performing acts of resistance on screen: Michael Cacoyannis’ The Trojan Women (1971) and Iphigenia (1977)

Description: Why stage Greek tragedy today? Why do theatre and film directors keep returning to the performance texts of Greek tragedy? What do these ancient dramas have to say to modern audiences? Can
classicists benefit from this dialogue between the classical past and modernity? This mini-course explores these questions with reference to the theory and methodology of classical reception and performance studies. Our goal is to debate the role and status of Greek tragedy in antiquity and to analyse its impact on the modern world.

We will focus in particular on the performance of grief, loss and suffering caused by war in our modern performance and cinematic reception case studies, themselves created during turbulent times. We will examine how British theatre director Katie Mitchell (1964- ) and Greek-Cypriot film director Michael Cacoyannis (1922-2011) use the narrative of the Trojan War to discuss contemporary concerns and to protest modern conflicts. This will allow us to re-examine these themes/issues in our ancient texts and to interrogate the very process of reception itself and what is added or lost. We will also debate the value and place of Mitchell’s revivals of Greek tragedy and Cacoyannis’ Euripidean films in the larger scholarly and artistic debates centring on Greek Tragedy and its ‘cultural value’ in the twentieth century and the opening decades of the new millennium.

Dr Anastasia Bakogianni is Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University, UK. She was awarded her doctorate by the University of London. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies (2005-2009). Her monograph Electra Ancient and Modern: Aspects of the Reception of the Tragic Heroine was published by the Institute in 2011. Her research specialism is the reception of Greek tragedy in the modern world with a particular interest in performance studies. She has also published several articles on the afterlife of Electra, Medea, Antigone and Iphigenia in opera, the visual arts, literature, theatre and film.

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