How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today

How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today

Space and concept -- The chorus -- The actor's role -- Tragedy and politics : what's Hecuba to him? -- Translations : finding a script -- Gods, ghosts, and Helen of Troy

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226301273

Category: Drama

Page: 255

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Space and concept -- The chorus -- The actor's role -- Tragedy and politics : what's Hecuba to him? -- Translations : finding a script -- Gods, ghosts, and Helen of Troy
Categories: Drama

How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today

How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today

1660–1914 (Oxford, 2005); E. Hall, F. Macintosh, and A. Wrigley, Dionysus Since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium (Oxford, 2004); M. McDonald, Ancient Sun, Modern Light: Greek Drama on the Modern Stage (New York, ...

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226790725

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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From the stages of Broadway and London to university campuses, Paris, and the bourgeoning theaters of Africa, Greek tragedy remains constantly in production. This global revival, in addition to delighting audiences, has highlighted both the promise and the pitfalls of staging ancient masterpieces in the modern age. Addressing the issues and challenges these performances pose, renowned classicist Simon Goldhill responds here to the growing demand for a comprehensive guide to staging Greek tragedy today. In crisp and spirited prose, Goldhill explains how Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles conceived their works in performance and then summarizes everything we know about how their tragedies were actually staged. The heart of his book tackles the six major problems facing any company performing these works today: the staging space and concept of the play; the use of the chorus; the actor’s role in an unfamiliar style of performance; the place of politics in tragedy; the question of translation; and the treatment of gods, monsters, and other strange characters of the ancient world. Outlining exactly what makes each of these issues such a pressing difficulty for modern companies, Goldhill provides insightful solutions drawn from his nimble analyses of some of the best recent productions in the United States, Britain, and Continental Europe. One of the few experts on both Greek tragedy and contemporary performance, Goldhill uses his unique background and prodigious literary skill to illuminate brilliantly what makes tragedy at once so exciting and so tricky to get right. The result will inspire and enlighten all directors and performers—not to mention the growing audiences—of ancient Greek theater.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy

Gagne, R. and Govers Hopman, M. (2013) Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Goldhill, S. (2007) How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Hall, E. and Harrop, ...

Author: George Rodosthenous

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472591548

Category: Drama

Page: 296

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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.
Categories: Drama

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been ...

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199978823

Category: History

Page: 304

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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.
Categories: History

Greek Tragedy

Greek Tragedy

Simon Goldhill, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today (Chicago, 2007). Edith Hall and Fiona Macintosh, Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660–1914 (Oxford, 2005). Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, and Oliver Taplin (eds.) ...

Author: Edith Hall

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199232512

Category: Drama

Page: 428

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An illustrated introduction to ancient Greek tragedy, written by one of its most distinguished experts, which provides all the background information necessary for understanding the context and content of the dramas. A special feature is an individual essay on every one of the surviving 33 plays.
Categories: Drama

Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor

Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor

This volume is particularly indebted to the work of David Wiles, whose Greek Theatre Performance: An Introduction (2000) articulated an ... The same limitation applies to Simon Goldhill's volume How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today (2007), ...

Author: Zachary Dunbar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319954714

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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This book offers a provocative and groundbreaking re-appraisal of the demands of acting ancient tragedy, informed by cutting-edge scholarship in the fields of actor training, theatre history, and classical reception. Its interdisciplinary reach means that it is uniquely positioned to identify, interrogate, and de-mystify the clichés which cluster around Greek tragedy, giving acting students, teachers, and theatre-makers the chance to access a vital range of current debates, and modelling ways in which an enhanced understanding of this material can serve as the stimulus for new experiments in the studio or rehearsal room. Two theoretical chapters contend that Aristotelian readings of tragedy, especially when combined with elements of Stanislavski’s (early) actor-training practice, can actually prevent actors from interacting productively with ancient plays and practices. The four chapters which follow (Acting Sound, Acting Myth, Acting Space, and Acting Chorus) examine specific challenges in detail, combining historical summaries with a survey of key modern practitioners, and a sequence of practical exercises.
Categories: Performing Arts

Greek Tragedy and the Digital

Greek Tragedy and the Digital

Gagné, R., and M. Govers Hopman, eds ([2013], 2016), Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Goldhill, S. (2007), How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Author: George Rodosthenous

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350185869

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

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Adopting an innovative and theoretical approach, Greek Tragedy and the Digital is an original study of the encounter between Greek tragedy and digital media in contemporary performance. It challenges Greek tragedy conventions through the contemporary arsenal of sound masks, avatars, live code poetry, new media art and digital cognitive experimentations. These technological innovations in performances of Greek tragedy shed new light on contemporary transformations and adaptations of classical myths, while raising emerging questions about how augmented reality works within interactive and immersive environments. Drawing on cutting-edge productions and theoretical debates on performance and the digital, this collection considers issues including performativity, liveness, immersion, intermediality, aesthetics, technological fragmentation, conventions of the chorus, theatre as hypermedia and reception theory in relation to Greek tragedy. Case studies include Kzryztof Warlikowski, Jan Fabre, Romeo Castellucci, Katie Mitchell, Georges Lavaudant, The Wooster Group, Labex Arts-H2H, Akram Khan, Urland & Crew, Medea Electronique, Robert Wilson, Klaus Obermaier, Guy Cassiers, Luca di Fusco, Ivo Van Hove, Avra Sidiropoulou and Jay Scheib. This is an incisive, interdisciplinary study that serves as a practice model for conceptualizing the ways in which Greek tragedy encounters digital culture in contemporary performance.
Categories: Performing Arts

Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy

Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy

“Civic ideology and the problem of difference: the politics ofAeschylean tragedy, once again“,]HS 120: 34—56. 2007. How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today. Chicago. 2008. “Generalizing about tragedy“, in Rethinking Tragedy, ed. R. Felski.

Author: Renaud Gagné

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107033283

Category: Art

Page: 441

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This volume explores how the choruses of Ancient Greek tragedy creatively combined media and discourses to generate their own specific forms of meaning. The contributors analyse choruses as fictional, religious and civic performers; as combinations of text, song and dance; and as objects of reflection in themselves, in relation and contrast to the choruses of comedy and melic poetry. Drawing on earlier analyses of the social context of Greek drama, the non-textual dimensions of tragedy, and the relations between dramatic and melic choruses, the chapters explore the uses of various analytic tools in allowing us better to capture the specificity of the tragic chorus. Special attention is given to the physicality of choral dancing, musical interactions between choruses and actors, the trajectories of reception, and the treatment of time and space in the odes.
Categories: Art

Adapting Greek Tragedy

Adapting Greek Tragedy

(1997) 'The Language of Tragedy: Rhetoric and Communication', in Easterling (1997a), 127–50. (2004) Aeschylus: The Oresteia. Cambridge. (2007) How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today. Chicago and London. (2012) Sophocles and the Language of ...

Author: Vayos Liapis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009038744

Category: History

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Adaptations of Greek tragedy are increasingly claiming our attention as a dynamic way of engaging with a dramatic genre that flourished in Greece some twenty-five centuries ago but remains as vital as ever. In this volume, fifteen leading scholars and practitioners of the theatre systematically discuss contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedy and explore the challenges and rewards involved therein. Adopting a variety of methodologies, viewpoints and approaches, the volume offers surveys of recent developments in the field, engages with challenging theoretical issues, and shows how adapting Greek tragedy can throw new light on a range of contemporary issues — from our relation to the classical past and our shifting perceptions of ethnic and cultural identities to the place, function and market-value of Greek drama in today's cultural industries. The volume will be welcomed by students and scholars in Classics, Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies, as well as by theatre practitioners.
Categories: History

Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. Grandjean, Yves, and Franc ̧ois Salviat (2000). Guide de Thasos, 2nd edn. Athens: French School at Athens Publications. Griffith, Mark (1999) (ed.).

Author: Erin B. Mee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191618116

Category: Literary Collections

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Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage is the first book to analyse what happens to Sophocles' play as it is adapted and (re)produced around the world, and the first to focus specifically on Antigone in performance. The essays, by an international gathering of noted scholars from a wide range of disciplines, highlight the numerous ways in which social, political, historical, and cultural contexts transform the material, how artists and audiences in diverse societies including Argentina, The Congo, Finland, Haiti, India, Japan, and the United States interact with it, and the variety of issues it has been used to address.
Categories: Literary Collections