Place and Space in Dramatic Performance
Building on the readings and questions in the most recent issue (HSF #9) relating to place and space in lyric poetry, we would like to turn to the topic of place and space in dramatic performance.
- Why does a performance in a familiar place cause viewers to question their reality or to see it in another way? Can this include social realities?
- How does the movement of the character of Pentheus through space in the drama Bacchae by Euripides compare to the movement of modern viewers through space in some site-specific performances? Is Pentheus himself a viewer or a performer?
- To what extent can some online events, of the kind taking place during the pandemic, be understood as site-specific performances?
Lecture on site-specific dramatic performances
Video of approximately 18 minutes (watch from 00:07:50 through 00:26:30). The lecture was given in Greek, but viewers may adjust the YouTube video player settings to auto-translate the subtitles into English or another language.
Selections of approximately 2,400 words from The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours by Gregory Nagy
Read 21§§11–16, 38–45.
"Extra credit" video viewing:
Watch a performative reading of selections from the Bacchae of Euripides, with commentary; video of approximately 90 minutes.