Prepare for a deep-dive into the head of a Greek director!
This workshop helps participants delve into the depths of how to work with classic texts in theatre. You will get an insight into the head of Greek director, Zoe Xanthopoulous. She will explain how she usually breaks down stereotypical forms in ancient tragedy and how they are interpreted. The workshop is an exciting mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, where your opinion and viewpoint matters.
Xanthopoulous used a method in Bacchae Underworld that is usually used in classical Greek plays:
- we recognize the archetypal and stereotypical characters of the work
- we analyze them
- we construct them again from the beginning.
In this workshop, some of the Bacchus troupe will be able to participate and can talk about their own experience of this way of working.
What to expect?
We will first discuss what the participants know about the Bacchae, their view of the play, their thoughts. By analyzing and decrypting the characters we will go to the core of their mentality and finally understand the reactions they have. We will find the archetypes and the stereotypical forms of the play. At last through some improvisations, we will be able to impersonate them. Wear comfortable clothing, be prepared to work together in a group, bring a curious mind and an interest in Greek mythology. English-spoken workshop.
Meet Zoe Xanthopoulou
Zoe studied Photography and Audiovisual Arts at the TEI of Athens, Directing at the L. Stavrakou School of Film and Television, and Acting at the Theater of Change.
In recent years, she has worked in the theatre in Greece as an actor and director, but also abroad, in places like Liverpool (Free Medea Project), Edinburgh and Barcelona She directed several plays at the Athens Festival such as “No retouching. I want reality” and Goldoni’s “Servant of Two Masters” for the German Theater of the Deaf. She has worked as a director and screenwriter in television and cinema and is a specialist in audio visual media.
Her teaching experience includes giving classes in acting and direction in Greece at the Theatre of Change (where she studied), Life ‘n’ Art theater, Armani musical theater center, Liminal’s Open days seminars addressed to both to disabled and able-bodied participants, with Cyprus Theatre Organization and many more.
About the Performance
The workshop is strongly connected to the public performance Bacchae Underworld (Zoe directed it). We highly recommend visiting both the workshop and seeing the actual work of the director in theatre. There will be an excellent way to do this the same weekend, as Bacchae Underworld will have its international premier in Theater aan het Spui! Interested? Click here to find out more about the performance!
This workshop is part of STET Education
This workshop is part of the STET Education programming and connected to a STET performance. Since 2013 STET Education offers workshops and performances at schools or in the theatre, and since 2016 we also hold open workshops for individuals led by international performers. We highly value the direct contact with teachers, students and audience members. Our successful education department is in touch with over 300 international and Dutch schools nationwide. Yearly over 2000 students at primary and secondary level are involved in STET Education programmes. Theatre education has proved to be a unique way of learning, gaining insights in drama techniques, storytelling, communication and most importantly learning about oneself.