Dionysus since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third by Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, Amanda Wrigley

By Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, Amanda Wrigley

Greek tragedy is at present being played extra often than at any time due to the fact that classical antiquity. This ebook is the 1st to handle the basic query, why has there been loads Greek tragedy within the theatres, opera homes and cinemas of the final 3 a long time? a close chronological appendix of creation info and extravagant illustrations complement the fourteen essays by way of an interdisciplinary staff of experts from the worlds of classics, theatre experiences, and the pro theatre. They relate the new attraction of Greek tragedy to social developments, political advancements, aesthetic and performative advancements, and the highbrow currents of the final 3 a long time, specially multiculturalism, post-colonialism, feminism, post-structuralism, revisions of psychoanalytical versions, and secularization.

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Photograph by Stanisław Markowski. 30 In Euripides’ war plays, in particular, there has been discovered painful resonance. Trojan Women has been used to reveal the terrible consequences of war for people all over the world, in productions in the former Eastern bloc (for example, in Schwerin, East Germany in 1982), in Japan, and in the west; the implied victims have most often been those targeted by US bombs, whether in Hiroshima, Vietnam, or Libya in the late 1980s, although in the Romanian director Andrei Serban’s famous version, which was first produced in 1974, Romania’s experience of the 30 See Judith Malina’s Preface to her translation of Brecht’s play (Bertolt Brecht (1990), vii): ‘ .

1. 54 What was different, however, in the second part of the century was that now the (often former) colonial subject began to take centre stage in the cultural interchange. 56 With its abandonment came a powerful desire to explore new types of performance space, both roofed and (like ancient Greek theatres) out-of-doors, the capacity to explore different configurations between audience and performance group, for which the Greek chorus proved extremely useful (see above all Fischer-Lichte’s section on Einar Schleef, below, pp.

29 In early 2003 an Irish production identified her as a contemporary Arab, arguing her case in a prophetically war-torn Middle East. Brecht’s adaptation of Antigone, first performed at Chur in Switzerland in 1948, was revived by the New York Living Theater company in 1967, a production performed over the course of two 27 The Children of Herakles opened at the Ruhr Triennial Festival in Bottrop at the Bottroper Lichthof on 19 September 2002. It was previewed in Kultur magazine (1 Sept. 2002) and reviewed in the Culture section of Der Tagesspiegel (24 Sept.

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