BLACK BOX, Athens Conservatoire Home (Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, Athens, 106 75)
Thursday 26 September 2019
«Relocating Antigone» 
A Tryout workshop on translation, scenic adaptation and stage direction of Ancient Greek Drama today.

Presentation of the three (3) tryout workshops 
conducted by Matthias Gehrt, Yagil Eliraz, Giorgos Zamboulakis, 
with the collaboration of the International Playwrights’ Forum (IPF)/ UNESCO,
under the mentoring of its president Professor Gad Kaynar-Kissinger.

The Translation Tryout Workshop «Relocating Antigone», that takes place, in the context of ANALOGIO Festival 2019 with the support of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is dedicated to the question: What influence does the translation of a play - in view of the recognition that translation constitutes a cultural, and not merely lingual transference - exert on its conception and performance in a strange context, either foreign or local but periodically remote? This question is especially pertinent when related to the translation of ancient Greek Tragedy since older translations that retain the poetic wealth and depth of the original version might be so academic, heavy and non-theatrical to a degree that makes them unperformable to modern spectators, while free contemporary translations might be more playable, and seem more attractive to younger spectators at the expense of losing the layers of the rich, structured language, as well as the myriad of interpretations and multi-layered reception history of the work. Greek and visiting directors will attempt to explore- through the text-case of a scene from Antigone by Sophocles - the impact of translation on theatre in process

President of the «Israeli I.T.I Centre» and of the International Playwrights’ Forum (IPF)/ UNESCO). He is a Hon. Associate Professor at Tel Aviv University, where he also served as Chair of the Theatre Arts Department. He has been Visiting Professor at Hebrew, in Munich LMU, and in Venice International Universities.
He has curated several monodrama and Israeli Drama Showcase festivals in Israel and abroad, served as the dramaturg of the three major Israeli theatres («Habima» National Theatre, The «Cameri Theatre» of Tel Aviv and the «Khan Theatre» in Jerusalem) and of productions in Germay and Austria. He is active as actor and director on Israeli stages, in film and TV. Kaynar is a drama translator from English, German, Norwegian and Swedish. For his Ibsen translations and research, he was declared in 2009 «Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit».
As Secretary General and President of the ITI Israeli Centre, and lately as the Chairman of the IPF (International Playwrights Forum of the ITI), Kaynar has been conducive in promoting joint workshops of Israeli Jewish and Palestinian actors through the «My Unknown Enemy» project. 
Recent publications include: The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv (Cameri Theatre, 2008), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge,2015) and Habima New Insights on National Theatre (Resling, 2017).

Matthias GEHRT
Born in Celle, Germany, he first completed a management training at a big textile group before becoming a director’s assistant at «Berliner Schaubuehne». From 1983 to 1988 this is where he worked mostly with Peter Stein and Luc Bondy while simultaneously accomplishing his studies of Human and Liberal Arts. From 1988 to 2010, Gehrt directed around 50 theatrical productions in Germany, lots of them taking place at «State Theatre Dresden», but even in Aachen, Berlin (Schaubuehne), Bremen, Dortmund, Leipzig, Mainz, Mannheim, München, Weimar and Trier. He also directed numerous productions abroad, collaborating with theatre companies in England and Canada as well as Nigeria, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Israel. In 2010, he was appointed artistic director of the drama department at the joint theatre of Krefeld and «Moenchengladbach», where he directed 20 productions to date.

Yagil Eliraz, originally from Israel, is a theater director and an Assistant Professor at Amherst College, MA, USA. Yagil has a rich and diverse directing and teaching career, with productions that vary from classical plays such as The Oresteia, Oedipus and Coriolanus, to new work focused on contemporary issues; from Monodramas to opera, from stylized movement-based performances to hyper realistic German drama. In recent years he is especially invested in the Greeks and in exploring the relationship of text—movement—music in his works.  
In Israel, he has directed for the leading repertory companies, as well as for fringe theaters and acting studios. In the U.S., prior to studying at Yale, Yagil was invited to Chicago («The Theater Building») to direct a monodrama he wrote about the young Adolf Hitler.  
Along with his freelance directing, he has also served as the artistic director and chief producer of two large annual festivals in Israel: «SmallBama Festival» of Tel Aviv University and the «Israel Festival’s Arena». 
As a professor, Yagil is an Assistant Professor on a tenure-track at Amherst College, MA, where he has been teaching since 2016. In Amherst, he teaches acting, contemporary adaptations of classic plays, devised theater, and leading case studies in contemporary performance. 
In Israel, he taught directing at «Bezalel», Israel's leading academy of arts and design and founded the theatre-directing program at the Tel-Aviv «Tzavta Theater».
In 2008 Yagil won the «Morasha Foundation’s grant for outstanding artists», and in 2011 he represented Israel in the «Prague Quadrennial» with his opera adaptation of Oedipus. He is honored to have been awarded the «Yale University President’s Public Service Fellowship» in 2014.
Yagil has an M.F.A in Theater Directing from the Yale School of Drama (2016). He holds a B.A degree (Magna) in Theater Directing from the Faculty of the Arts at Tel-Aviv University (2010).

Τheatre director, current Professor of Acting at the Drama School of the Athens Conservatory and the Artistic Director of «The Experimental Theater of Thrace». Between 2007-2013, he has been Professor of Acting at the Drama School of The National Theatre of Greece.
The past twenty years he has been working as Theater Director in theatres in Greece and Europe; amongst others the Greek National Theatre, Iceland National Theatre and the Romanian National Theatre. He is specialized in Greek tragedy plays and Bertolt Brecht plays and has been working extensively with many twentieth century dramas, latest The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller and The Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. His landscape performance tea time EUROPE won the Grand Prize at the «Man.In.Fest International Experimental Theatre Festival» in Romania. He has also presented works at «Praque Quardinalle» 2015, at «CULTURSCAPE Art Basel» in Switzerland 2017 and at the «Bienalle of Chile» 2017.

BLACK BOX, Athens Conservatoire Home (Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, Athens, 106 75)
Thursday 26 September 2019
Panel discussion on «Translating & Directing Ancient Greek Drama today,
Focused on Antigone»
Coordinator: Professor Gad Kaynar-Kissinger
Leandros Polenakis, author, translator, theatre critic, President of the Union of Greek Critics for Drama and Music;
Smaro Kotsia, theatre critic, Member of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, Executive Director of the «Analogio» International Institute;
and the directors and the participants of the «Relocating Antigone» tryout workshops.

Directors: Matthias Gehrt, Yagil Eliraz, Giorgos Zamboulakis.
Actors: Spiros Andreas-Papadatos, Larisa Vergou / Workshop Matthias Gehrt
Menelaos Kyparissis, Daphne Skroumbelou / Workshop Yagil Eliraz
Symeon Kostakoglou, Maria Manda, Konstantina Scandali, Dimitris Charalambopoulos, Irene Chourmouzi, Evi Chroni / Workshop Giorgos Zamboulakis, with the title ANTIGONEmachine 
(a chorus version).

Theatre critic, writer, translator. Born in Athens, he studied at the Law School of the University of Athens and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and has a PhD from the Mass Media & Cultural Management Dept of Panteion University in Athens. He writes the theatrical review column in «Avgi» newspaper since 1978. He has translated classical and contemporary writers from English, French, Spanish and Russian, as well as ancient Greek texts. 
He has collaborated with major scientific and literary periodicals and has published ten volumes of poetry, prose, essays and theatre reviews. He has taught at the Theatre Studies Dept of the University of Patra and teaches at Drama Schools. 
In ANALOGIO 2012 he participated in Stamatis Polenakis’ play «Distant Unknown Land», commissioned by ANALOGIO and directed by Sissy Papathanassiou and in ANALOGIO 2017 he participated in the presentation of the book on «Contemporary Slovakian Dramaturgy» at the Zappeion Hall. He has written several reviews and theoretical texts for ANALOGIO.

Dramatologist, theatre critic. Member of the Hellenic International Association of Theatre Critics (H. I.A.T.C.), member of «Panhellenic Scientific Dramatologists Association», Executive Director of Analogio Festival and member of the «Hellenic Theatre Drama and Education Network». She has collaborated as assistant director and dramaturg with the State Theatre of Northern Greece in Thessaloniki and the National Theatre in Athens, as well as with other theatre groups. She writes theatre reviews.

BLACK BOX, Athens Conservatoire Home (Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, Athens, 106 75)

Thursday 26 September 2019
«Kassandra – Hécuba»
by Eduardo Brito and Carina Casuscelli
From Companhia Nova de Teatro (BRAZIL)
Director: Lenerson Polonini

Actors: Carina Casuscelli, Rosa Freitas
Collaboration: Théodoros Terzopoulos
Music: Wilson Sukorski
Videos: Alexandre Ferraz
The cowards' excuses are always shameful.
 For progress and modernity.
For peace and for the law.
This peace is always drowned in a bloodshed of many.
Blood is the law.

The play
The KASSANDRA HECUBA project is a multimedia play structured in two monologues, based on the tragedy The Trojan Women by Euripides. Kassandra Hecuba features two of the most significant mythical characters of Greek tragedies in building an image of "Chaos", as figures of various voices interact in the sphere of a visual poem of our time. In search of the synthesis, each figure represents the many voices of refugees who, in an attempt to change the course of their lives, leave for a journey into the unknown. The female voice of the dethroned queen, Hecuba, reveals in her corner of lament, the pain of the human being in its extreme situation. The discredited predictions by Kassandra are like oracles of our history that reveal the contemporary era of media, the widespread crisis and the everyday chaos.

I, Hecuba, brought forth excellent children, to make any woman jealous. But I saw them fall, with the strength of the enemy spear, one by one. One of them was taken from me at birth. I saw a torch of flaming serpents. The fire of destruction devastated my lineage. My grandchild was silent, but Grandma did not shut up. In my voice I bring the cry of all. My grandson was not a thief. He went to school and was shot. He asked for water before he died. The shirt, the bloody school uniform. Water. They would not let me give him water. Thirsty. So he died from thirst and police shots. By order and security. The cowards' excuses are always shameful. For progress and modernity. For peace and for the law. This peace is always drowned in a bloodshed of many. Blood is the law.

Studied Fashion and Acting at the Anhembi Morumbi University and «Teatro Escola Macunaíma». Attended several workshops on playwriting and directing by Marici Salomão, João das Neves, Maria Lucia Pereira, among others. In 2001 joined the «Companhia Nova de Teatro» as actress and since then she is responsible for the creation and development of costume of its plays and performances. Coordinates the «Multimedia Signals Project» since 2002, which was granted in 2004 with the VAI sponsorship, a program from the Municipal Government Secretary of Culture, for the play Signals of a Dream, with direction and playwright of deaf actresses and for the project Informal... Performing the Fashion in Bras, with south American immigrants, in 2007.
In Italy, she collaborated with «Cia. Teatro Del Contagio», directed by Carmen Chimienti. 

In 2010, she organized along with workshops and dramatic readings, a brand’s fashion show of «Fashion is in Low – for the democracy of bodies». This Project had the collaboration of Dario D’Ambrosi, founder and director of «Teatro Patológico» of Rome. 
In 2012 she was awarded by «Aesthetical Interactions Award – FUNARTE».

Eduardo BRITO
Graduated in Languages at FFLCH-USP, with specialization in Portuguese and Greek. In June 2010, he attended an intensive summer course for foreign students of Greek language at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He translates theatrical plays for Companhia Nova de Teatro and novels of Margarita Karapanou. In 2009 attended the playwright workshop conducted by Roberto Alvim, at «Clube Noir», where wrote his first play Inside. He has written the plays: The Others, 2010, Parece que vai chover, 2011, the awarded Caminos invisibles – La partida and KRISIS.

Researcher artist of visual, hybrid and performative theatre. Studied Theatre at the Estácio de Sá University (BA – Theater) and at the Drama School «O Tablado», Rio de Janeiro, in 1998-99. He has attended workshops with directors like Bob Paton, Eugenio Barba, Thedoros Terzopoulos, Isabela Ciwinska and the Hosho Noh Theater of Japan. 
He is the founder of the Companhia. Nova de Teatro where he develops researches on the work of Samuel Beckett and on the visual scene of the 20th century. He has directed Act without Words I and II in 2001, Beckett in Repertoire with the participation of the actor Paulo César Pereio and Beckett in Repertorie 2 (2003), Beckett in Repertorie 3 and Ulysses (2005) and the multimedia plays: Doctor Faustus Lights the Light, by Gertrude Stein, and “Listen, Little Man!” of Wilhelm Reich. 
In 2011, he coordinated the project «Companhia Nova de Teatro – 10 years» presenting plays of the repertoire performed at the «Cacilda Becker Theater», in Sao Paulo, while presenting two new works: Caminos Invisibles...La Partida (first place in the «Prize Internazionale Teatro dell 'inclusione Teresa Pomodoro»  2012, in Milan), and The Crypt of Poe.
In 2013, he directed the play KRÍSIS, in Athens with the collaboration of Theodoros Terzopoulos at «Attis Theatre» and at «SESC BOM RETIRO», São Paulo.
During 2010 - 2015 he was engaged in the project «Segundo Turno Cultural» with the support of Secretaria Municipal de Cultura of Rio de Janeiro, teaching theater and improvisation workshops for children, teens and youth in the public schools in favelas.