The Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos

Freddy Decreus
Agra, Athens, 2016

ISBN: 978-960-505-250-8

The Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos is a book that tells the story of the Athenian based Attis Theatre and the way its founder and director, Theodoros Terzopoulos, introduces a bio-energetic presence of the body on the stage in an attempt to redefine and reappraise what it means today not only to have a body, but to fully be a body. Since the staging of his first - and iconic - production Bacchae that upset the whole Greek nation (1986), Terzopoulos applied this method not only to a great number of Greek tragedies, but also to the most divergent poetic and dramatic texts that all had to do with the existential difficulty to spend our time in the prothalamos of death. Travelling throughout the world for more than thirty years, he never got tired to question and discuss ideological visions of man and their history, a position that brought him to relentlessly pay attention to the way they invest their personal and collective beliefs in older and newer myths. In the end, you meet a philosopher and great humanist who focuses on the encounter with the Other in whom he recognizes himself, all over the world.