The Fifth International Ancient Drama Workshop will be held from 14 to 29 July 2022 at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi.
The workshop will be run by the director Thanos Papakonstantinou in collaboration with Konstantina Angelopoulou (vocal training), Candy Carra (physical training) and the composer Dimitris Skyllas.
The workshop is intended for young theatre professionals from Greece and abroad, including actors, directors, set designers, costume designers, choreographers and theatre creatives in general who want to focus on and deepen their study of ancient drama, giving themselves a practical grounding in the subject. The objective of the workshop is the dissemination and study of ancient drama, offering specialised knowledge to theatre professionals, but also strengthening the global dialogue and conversation about ancient drama and how it is understood and approached in practice nowadays.
The workshop was established on an annual basis in 2016 and is run under the auspices and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport. It is part of the ministry’s Ancient Drama Network.
Over the centuries, the figure of the prophet has been associated with spiritual experiences. The prophet is divinely inspired, seeing, hearing and ultimately experiencing something that does not exist for other people. He is in direct contact with a higher power which speaks to him in a strange voice, with incomprehensible words, and forces him into apparently strange and irrational acts. The prophet moves away from his or her usual behaviour: they are overtaken by a mania.
Taking prophetic discourse as the central pillar of the workshop, as an open field of dramatic material, with the figure of Cassandra as a starting point, the aim of the workshop will be to approach the performance of mania, individually and collectively, through intensive physical and vocal training.
The aim, through research and a process of learning together, is to create and present an event: a procession through the archaeological sites of Delphi that will transform and evolve into a choral ode of ecstatic prophecy.
The workshop will be conducted in Greek and English. Knowledge of English is also essential for Greek participants.
€450. This covers: Tuition, transportation from Athens to Delphi, accommodation in the guesthouse of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, breakfast and lunch.
Anyone interested in participating should send their CV and a photograph by 15 June 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Fifth International Ancient Drama Workshop” in the subject line.
Participants will be selected on the basis of their CVs and may be interviewed. For further information and the CVs of the instructors, visit the National Theatre of Greece website www.n-t.gr
Contact: email@example.com, Irene Moundraki, Head of Drama & International Relations
The workshop is run by the National Theatre of Greece and the European Cultural Centre of Delphi under the auspices and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport.
The National Theatre of Greece International Ancient Drama Workshop is a member of the International Ancient Drama Network created, coordinated and financed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, with the aim of educating people working in the theatre at different levels and categories about ancient drama, familiarising the general public with the genre, and developing the conditions under which theatre people from different countries can work together.