23 - 24 September 2011

International Conference
organised by the Dept. of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Griechische Kulturstiftung Berlin, Germany

Dionysus in Exile
The Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos

For more than thirty years, Theodoros Terzopoulos has been producing a deeply political theatre, characterized by a persistent resistance against established norms and perceptions of body, space and meanings. In their performances, Terzopoulos and the Attis Theatre employ disconcerting
tactics, seek to destabilize and create ambivalence.
Terzopoulos stages the representational instability as an uprooting and aims at a theatre in wandering that deprives the objects from their trivial positions and settings and mobilizes feelings of inquietude. As the familiar is absent, significations become suspended allowing the development of multifocal and centrifugal arrangements. In this sense, Terzopoulos’ theatre is in exile.
The symposium will explore the wandering of Terzopoulos and his theatre in space and time, in order to describe the way in which the director and his theatre destabilizes the given and displaces forms and significations, to think about the »aesthetics of the exile« as a political act of entrenchment of the unfamiliar.

Conference Programme


Friday 23 September 2011

10.30-11.00 Erika Fischer-Lichte (Professor of Theatre Studies, Freie Universität

Berlin): “Searching for Other Origins. Theodoros Terzopoulos’
The Bacchae

11.00-11.20 Break
11.20-11.40 David Wiles (Professor of Theatre, Royal Holloway, University
of London): “Terzopoulos in the context of Greece today”
11.40-12.00 Matthias Dreyer (Research Associate, Dept. of Theatre Studies,
Freie Universität Berlin): "Body Digging Time. Readapting
natural history"

12.00-12.20 Discussion
12.20-16.00 Break/ lunch
16.00-16.20 Kerem Karaboga (Associate Professor, Dept. of Theatre Criticism
and Dramaturgy, Istanbul University): “Transcending the Borders

through Tragedy: Terzopoulos in Turkey”
16.20-16.40 Alexander Chepurov (Professor, St. Petersburg Theatre Academy):
“The Work of Terzopoulos in Russian Theatre Context:
Oedipus-Rex in Alexandrinsky Theatre”

16.40-17.00 Discussion
17.00-17.30 Break
17.30-17.50 Giorgos Sampatakakis (Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of
Patras): “Structuring Anti-Structures: The Theatre of
Theodoros Terzopoulos”

17.50-18.10 Frank M. Raddatz (Editor, dramaturge, director, Berlin): “The
Return of Breathing”

18.10-18.30 Discussion

Saturday 24 September 2011

10.30-10.50 Dimitris Tsatsoulis (Associate Professor of Theatre Studies,
University of Patras): “Tongue in Presence - Speech in Exile”
10.50-11.10 Penelope Chatzidimitriou (Theatre Lecturer, University of
Thessaloniki): “Performing Cultural Trauma in Mauser by Attis
Theatre. An Exilic Perspective on the Greek Civil War”

11.10-11.30 Discussion
11.30-11.50 Break
11.50-12.10 Konstantinos Arvanitakis (Professor of Psychoanalysis at McGill
University, Montréal): “Bodies and anti-bodies: Terzopoulos’

12.10-12.30 Freddy Decreus (Professor, Dept. of Classics, University of Ghent):
“Bodies, back from exile, in the theatre of Theodoros

12.30-12.50 Discussion
12.50-16.00 Break/ lunch
16.00-16.20 Helene Varopoulou (Theatre theoretician, translator, critic,
Athens/Berlin): “Attis theatre’s actors elsewhere”
16.20-16.40 Savvas Stroumpos (Actor, director, Athens): “Bodies in Revolt.
The Art of Performer’s Psychophysical Transgression in
Terzopoulos’ Theatre”

16.40-17.00 Discussion
17.00-17.20 Break
17.20-17.40 Gonia Jarema (Professor of Psycho- and Neurolinguistics, University
of Montreal, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Arts
and Humanities): “Dionysos in Revenge: The Fractured Voice in
the Theatre of Terzopoulos”

17.40-18.10 Etel Adnan (Writer, painter, Paris): “Dionysus god of
subversion, god of exile”