The European Cultural Center of Delphi, with the support of the Onassis Foundation, present a tribute to internationally acclaimed theater director Theodoros Terzopoulos, at Delphi from 5 to 8 July, 2018.
The tribute titled “The return of Dionysus” honors the director who reunites the theater with its mythical Greek god, Dionysus and his core: the body of the actor and the endless improvisation. It features an international symposium, a laboratory dedicated to Terzopoulos’ method, a photographic and sound installation, as well as a new intercultural version of Euripides’ “Trojan Women” directed by him.
For over 32 years, Terzopoulos has presented 2,100 performances, while his method is being taught at 30 universities around the world and his books dedicated to his work have been translated into nine languages.
“In a world that everything has been focusing on the mind, Dionysus comes to remind us of the body, the voice, the passion, the charm and the ecstasy. Everything that tends to be lost”, said Theodoros Terzopoulos. “I have been worried, for years, seeing the actors at Epidaurus wearing microphones. Dionysos reminds us that we can do everything with our body and our voice, without technological support”, he pointed out.
Academics, theater directors, actors, cultural institute directors, visual artists, psychoanalysts and neurologists from Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Britain, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, USA, Canada, Turkey, Cyprus and Greece, will attend the tribute in the framework of the International Symposium.
During a period of generalized geopolitical upheaval, a performance that talks about the need for reconciliation, will be presented for the first time at the Ancient Theater of Delphi. It is the new version of Euripides’ “Trojan Women”, an intercultural production by the Attis theater group, which was first presented on 7 July 2017 at Paphos’ Ancient Conservatory. The production featured actors from divided cities (Nicosia, Mostar, Jerusalem), Syria and Greece and it is dedicated to the memory of Yannis Kounellis, who was to create the play’s artistic installation.