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Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy Auteurship and Directorial Visions,9781472591531

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy Auteurship and Directorial Visions

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/26/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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Summary

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy: Auteurship and Directorial Visions provides a wide-ranging analysis of the role of the director in shaping adaptations for the stage today. Through its focus on a wide range of international productions by Katie Mitchell, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Peter Sellars, Jan Fabre, Ariane Mnouchkine, Tadashi Suzuki, Yukio Ninagawa, Andrei Serban, Nikos Charalambous, Bryan Doerries and Richard Schechner, among others, it offers readers a detailed study of the ways directors have responded to the original texts, refashioning them for different audiences, contexts and purposes. As such the volume will appeal to readers of theatre and performance studies, classics and adaptation studies, directors and theatre practitioners, and anyone who has ever wondered 'why they did it like that' when watching a stage production of an ancient Greek play.

The volume Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy is divided in three sections: the first section - Global Perspectives - considers the work of a range of major directors from around the world who have provided new readings of Greek Tragedy: Peter Sellars and Athol Fugard in the US, Katie Mitchell in the UK, Theodoros Terzopoulos in Greece and Tadashi Suzuki and Yukio Ninagawa in Japan. Their work on a wide range of plays is analysed, including Electra, Oedipus the King, The Persians, Iphigenia at Aulis, and Ajax.

Parts Two and Three Directing as Dialogue with the Community and Directorial Re-Visions - focus on a range of productions of key plays from the repertoire, including Prometheus Landscape II, Les Atrides, The Trojan Women, The Bacchae, Antigone and The Suppliants, among others. In each, the varying approaches of different directors are analysed, together with a detailed investigation of the mise-en-scene. In considering each stage production, the authors raise issues of authenticity, contemporary resonances, translation, directorial control/auteurship and adaptation.

Author Biography

George Rodosthenous is Lecturer in Music Theatre at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds, UK. He is the Artistic Director of the theatre company 'Altitude North' and also works as a freelance director/composer for the theatre.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Contemporary Director in Greek Tragedy - George Rodosthenous (University of Leeds, UK)
PART ONE: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
1 American Directorial Perspectives on Greek Tragedy: Peter Sellars and beyond Marianne McDonald (University of California, San Diego, USA)
2 British Auteurship and the Greeks: Katie Mitchell Andrew Haydon (freelance theatre critic)
3 French and German Directors on Greek Tragedy: Peter Stein and Arianne Mnouchkine Dominic Glynn ((Nanterre Paris Ouest, France)
4 Tadashi Suzuki and Yukio Ninagawa: Reinventing the Greek Classics, Reinventing the Japanese Identity after Hiroshima - Penelope Hatzidimitriou
5 Greek Contemporary Approaches to Tragedy: Terzopoulos' revisions of Aeschylus Avra Sidiropoulou (Open University, Cyprus)
PART TWO: EXTREME PUNISHMENTS
6 Prometheus: Going against the Gods Elena Papalexiou (University of Peloponnese, Greece)
7 Refiguring Oedipus: Distancing the audience and the Blinding of Romeo Castellucci Patrick Duggan (University of Surrey, UK)
8 Orestes: Incest and madness Arthur Pritchard (University of Leeds, UK)
9 Philoctetes and Ajax: Theatre of War with soldiers, friends and family as chorus Sophie Klein (Boston University, USA)
PART THREE: UNSIGHTLY DEATHS
10 Antigone: Bring on the bodies? Sue Hamstead (University of Leeds, UK)
11 Medea: Onstage Betrayals and Offstage Child Murders Stergios Mavrikis
12 Women of Trachis: Poisoning the Giant Emma Stafford (University of Leeds, UK)
13 The Bacchae on Stage: Beyond the Canon Georgios Sampatakakis (University of Patras, Greece)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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