A performance based on the House of Atrides in Ancient Greek Tragedy . From Iphigenia's sacrifice and Agamemnon's murder, to Clytemnestra's doom and the trial of Orestes in the court of Areios Pagos. The performance is not a classic tragedy as we know it but a compilation of many scenes from well-known tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles & Euripides, revolving around the heroes of the house of Atrides such as Clytemnestra, Electra, Iphigenia, Orestes, e.t.c. The performance is filled with action and conflict. It will combine modern elements and it shall bring the characters close to today's world and the modern day spectator. The acting will be accompanied by video projections and music. The ancient and the traditional will coexist with the contemporary elements making this a unique theatrical experience. The audience will be witness of the most characteristic scenes, relations, conflicts of the protagonists in Greek Tragedy.
Actors perform in English or Greek (according what the teachers prefer) and so, audience will have no problem what so ever language-wise. The actors are off course professionals, as are all our other colleagues (scene artists, costume designers, musicians, make up artists, prop makers) speaking excellent English. The performance commence with the sacrifice of Iphigenia in Avlida by her father Agamemnon, despite her mothers (Clytemnestra) objections. Clytemnestra's and Iphigenia's moving pleas are proven fruitless. The sacrifice takes place and the Greek army departs to Troy . (Euripides: Iphigenia at Aulis ) The narration takes us to the times after the fall of Troy . We learn how the joyful, glorious news that Troy has fallen passed from mountain to mountain, lighting a beacon, and reached Micynes. Where Clytemnestra receives the news and prepares to welcome her husband "accordingly". Not even the ten years that have passed eased the pain that Iphigenia's sacrifice brought to the mother. And so when Agamemnon arrives Clytemnestra murders him along with Cassandra, Priamus' daughter, a fortune teller that already knows about the murder to come. (Aeschylus: Agamemnon) The next scene takes us to Agamemnon's grave where Electra mourns the loss of her father. There Electra's sister Chrysothemis arrives, who unlike Electra, obeys to Clytemnestra and Egisthus. The narration then informs us of the arrival of Clytemnestra at the scene, who comes to honour her husbands grave. Electra confronts her mother, in a vengeance scene well known of its power. When Clytemnestra departs, Orestes comes along and we witness a heart breaking scene, the revelation of Orestes to Electra. (Sophocles: Electra) . Orestes, taking revenge on the death of his father, becomes a matricide. His "hubris" awakens the old matriarchal goddesses, Erynies, that will, from now on, haunt him. (Euripides: Orestes) . The goddesses haunt him until Orestes flees for refuge to Athena's temple in Athens. In Arios Pagos court the votes are tied, so Athena votes for Orestes, thus saving his life. (Aeschylus: Eumenides) . The play ends and the Aristotelian Catharsis prevails, for both the characters and the audience. Erynies are finally justified, as Athena holds a much wanted place for them among new institutions. The course of the show is fast and full of life, filled with passions and conflicts. The costumes, the stage design, the video projections, the music, and the brilliant acting contribute to an integral result.The performance is presented for groups (over 20) upon request and arrangement.
Final text synthesis, Direction, Light design Νicholas Kamtsis Stage and Costume design: Μika Panagou Music: Costas Charitatos Video Michalis Papadogiannakis Video editor George Alexiou Poster-Printed materials Topos Arte
Cast: Anta Kougia, Markella Stamou, Alexandra Charalampidou, Apostolis Katsirintakis
Our workshops are educational and fruitful. We are always in close contact with the Professors of the groups and we collaborate with them in all levels in order for the workshop to be relevant to the lessons and the knowledge of the students about Ancient drama. We take special care of the Stage designing, costumes, the accessories and the lights. The workshop is designed to introduce students to the entire theater procedure.Upon a professional theater stage by a professional director and stage designer (for the construction workshops).
1. Mask construction Duration 75΄
The mask workshop is a complete tutorial that starts from the zero point of constructing a mask and reaches its completion. Participants using simple materials and tools (Gypsogaza, water, scissors, etc.) Very common and easy to use. As a model we use another student’s face and having completed over his face of leaving the mask to dry for a while. Then the roles are reversed and manufacturer is the one that previously were seated and offered his face like "mold". Once the mask is completed and dry can be used (with caution) that participants learn the use and functionality as well as the impression made on stage. Workshop takes place in a pleasant atmosphere, cooperation and sociality in the foyer of the theater while the small suggestion then becomes the theater. The chief of the seminar is always close to participants to show them, guide them, or make them fix it so the whole process has good results. Also the knowledge and the experience is very interesting. (see the a presentation video 7')
2. Acting & animating the mask Duration 30-45'
After the construction we can continue with a theater activity where the participants will use and animate the mask, acting on a text we will give them beforehand. More specific, if the teachers and the leaders of the group decide to make this section we send them texts and they share it with the students so they can learn it by heard. This text is from a chorus of a tragedy and it is a few lines for each one of them. After the mask construction we go to the theater stage and the director plays them upon the stage. Synthesizes a sort performance with the studentswho use the mask and act/recite the small text they learn. Presentation follows and videoing. (see a presentation Video 6' )
3. The Aristophanian Comedy Duration 2 hours
This very fruitful workshop focuses on the acting of the Aristophanian Comedy. We will begin with the construction of a comedy mask. The participants will work on a authentic text from Aristophanian comedy and they will be introduced to the characters of the individual roles as well as the significance of the Chorus roles. Participants will speak, act, move and dance upon a specific scene of an Aristophanes comedy. We propose the “Lysistrata” comedy. (If the members of the group are boys or mixed boys and girls) Or “Women in Thesmophoria” (if they are only girls). After the 45’ rehearsal, the students will be able to present a sort performance with costumes, masks and lights to their teachers. They will have the opportunity to capture their performance on video. The event will end with refreshments and a farewell celebration. The participation of some professional actors is possible if necessary.
4. Action and conflict in ancient Tragedy Duration 90'
The subject of the workshop is the method of acting in Ancient Greek Tragedy. The participants will be involved in an actor’s procedure and will perform certain roles. The text and the characters derive from collaboration between our theater and the professors. Via e-mail the professor can inform the Professional Theater director upon which text should the workshop be based. The Director is responsible for adjusting the text according to the participant students needs. It depends on the number of the students and their combination (how many boys, how many girls and their ages ). When ready the text us send back to the professors and they give it to the students so they can learn their few lines. So, the workshop will be based on this prepared known text. The theater will take care of all the stage and costume elements needed as well as accessories (masks, hats, sticks, spears and other elements). The workshop will take the form of a Stage Rehearsal and in the end the students will have completed a performance of about 10 minutes to present to their professors along with lights and music. (see a presentation video 6')
5. Ancient Greek C0stume Duration 90'-110'
Find out how Greeks dressed in clothes that were not sewed. A rectangular woven piece of cloth in various sizes was worn in such ways as to create many interesting designs of clothing. Clothing was made out of natural fibers such as cotton, wool and flax in natural colors but also dyed bright if needed. The workshop aims to show the participants the basic pieces of clothing worn by Ancient Greek men and women. Furthermore, dressing one self with an actual cloth and learn how to keep it together with belts and decorative elements that you will create with golden strings, threads and pins. Decorate your head and hair accordingly.
• At the beginning a short lecture with projections of costumes. • Creating costumes and accessories. • Complementary Coffee break. • In the end a short piece of performance of Ancient Greek Tragedy. Matterials included, please dress in white or light colored cloths
VIDEO from the PERFORMANCE
The show starts from the sacrifice of Iphigenia at Aulis. The prayers of both Clytemnestra and Iphigenia small they have no effect. The sacrifice is the army of the Greeks depart for Troy. (Euripides: Iphigenia in Aulis). After the destruction of Troy mantato winning the fall passed fires from mountain to mountain and arrived at Mycenae where informed Clytemnestra. The time of the ten years that passed not softened the pain of the sacrifice of Iphigenia when Agamemnon arrives, kills him with Cassandra, daughter of Priam and fortune teller, who guesses the murder. (AESCHYLUS: Agamemnon) The next scene takes us to the tomb of Agamemnon, where Electra mourns the loss of her father. There reaches her sister Chrysothemis - obeying to Clytemnestra and Aegisthus docile, in contrast with Elektra rebelled. The narrative introduces the scene and informs us about Clytemnestra coming and that the grave to give prices. Electra collides with it. Sophocles The scene is wild and known for its power. When Clytemnestra leaves comes on stage Orestes and seeing the heartbreaking scene recognition Orestes Electra (Sophocles: Electra) Orestes to avenge the murder of his father is matricide. The hubris of revolutionizing the Furies-old matriarchal theotites- who haunt (Euripides: Orestes). Pursue him until Orestes takes refuge in the temple of Athena in Athens. In court the Supreme Court votes to acquit those who condemn the tie so Athena cast its vote in favor of Orestes and saves him. (AESCHYLUS: Eumenides). The show ends and the Aristotelian redemption accomplished both for individuals and for the spectators. The Furies vindicated one whose Athena holds a prominent place in the new institutions.