Theatre History

  • Drama and Theatre in ancient Greece. A database and a spectators’ school.


    Drama always consisted of an invaluable “database” for the culture and education of the ancient Greek spectators, who used to watch it as a performance that derived from the already existing literary types and forms (epic and lyric poetry) on which it was based and which included up to a certain degree; namely, in Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides’ tragedies and Aristophanes’ comedies, almost all the ideas, the messages, the moral values and the knowledge that constitute the so called “Ancient Greek Thought and Philosophy”, coexistand consist of the values of the ancient Greek culture as a whole. However, these do not represent the accumulation of some valuable material, but the creative conjunction and composition of qualitative and quantitative data in an astonishing analogy and harmony that expresses the basic principles and virtues of the ancient Greek Thought such as Moderation, Harmony, Symmetry, Equilibrium and the correspondence between form and content. This explains why the ancient Greek drama has been characterized by scholars as the “Theatre of Ideas” (Arrowsmith, 1963: 32) and the dramatic poets as “Educators” (Arnott, 1970: 35), since they used the stage in order to criticize their world, to promote the ideas rather than the heroes’ characters in their plays, thus providing an integrated culture and education for their spectators.

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    November 1, 2022 • Ancient Drama, Theory of Theatre • Views: 1535

  • “Popular” and “Highbrow” in the theatre. Cultural interaction and osmosis between the genres*

    Popular / Folk theatre

    The term “popular theatre” denotes a cultural creation the specific features of which remain constant and characteristic of this theatrical category (Grammatas 2006 : 239-241) despite any changes that might have taken place over the times. Its basic source of origin is the “ritual”, which, though not identical, relates to the concepts of “ritual” and “custom”, and is often used interchangeably in international bibliography (Puchner 1985 : 40).

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  • Cultural Consciousness and Theatrical Creation in Postwar Modern Greek Theatre: The “Hellenism Syndrom” phase

    The search for cultural identity is an ever-lasting demand for the Greek dramatology.

    During the post-war years the presence of this search is intensive, and the variety of its forms and versions depends each time on the specific historical and social conditions.

    On the basis of this quest for theatrical and, furthermore, cultural consciousness, and on condition that the theatre consists of the production of an objective reality on stage, we proceed to the analysis of our subject.

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    May 19, 2021 • Modern Greek Theatre, Theatre History • Views: 1254

  • European Program Horizon 2020

    Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations in the Context of The Fourth Industrial Revolution        

    Proposal Title : Values Across Space and Time

     Proposal acronym: VAST

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    December 5, 2020 • Ancient Drama, News • Views: 1361

  • Codes Communicatifs de la Commedia dell Arte et leur Application au Theatre Jeunes Spectateurs

    La Commedia dell’Arte, forme théâtrale de provenance populaire, dispose des traits distinctifs propres à lui, de sorte qu’ elle peut être approchée et perçue par lui. Le but de notre communication porte à préciser les codes communicatifs dont elle se sert, et par la suite à circonscrire leur fonctionnalité chez les spectaters aux quels elle s’adresse. A l’ aide de ces constatations, nous envisageons d’ explorer, dans la suite leur application potentielle dans un genre spécifique du théâtre, celui qui s’ adresse aux jeunes publics.

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    July 12, 2020 • Global Theatre, Theatre History, Theory of Theatre • Views: 1956

  • New tragic form, old tragic sense in Contemporary World Theater

    When Phrynichus first wrote tragedy by composing The Miletus Conquest, drawing on recent for his age historical events, he showed the way that the new for this period form of literature and art could follow (dramatic text and stage presentation).  Continue Reading

    January 7, 2020 • Global Theatre • Views: 2224