The Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos

Freddy Decreus
ed. Agra, Athens, 2016
ISBN: 978-960-505-250-8

This book outlines the story of the Athenian-based Attis Theatre and the way its founder and director, Theodoros Terzopoulos, introduced bio-energetic presences 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.

Starting with the – historical – first production of the Bacchae, which astonished the public in 1986, Terzopoulos applies his method to a large number of ancient Greek tragedies and the most heterogeneous poetic texts; all of them deal with the existential problem of our presence at the threshold of death. Traveling around the world for over thirty years, he never got tired of exploring and discussing human’s ideological visions and their history. This forced him to deal with unwavering attention the way in which the personal and collective beliefs are invested in the old and newer myths. After all, we are speaking about a philosopher and a great humanist, who focuses on the encounter with the Other, in whom he recognizes himself, in every corner of the world.
(from the back cover)

photo: Johanna Weber