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The Metamorphoses of Ancient Myths

Malgorzata Budzowska, Burc Idem Dincel, Jadwiga Czerwinska and Katarzyna Chizynska

This book gives a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of artistic dialogue with ancient myths. The contributions assume a double-track research approach. The contributors investigate the procedure of myths' recycling within Greco-Roman antiquity, and they consider modern re-occupations of myths in dramatic literature and theatre. Providing various examples of myths' reception from antiquity to present days, this book confirms the persistent human need of re-mythization.

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The Tragic Burst of Laughter in Theodoros Terzopoulos’ Prometheus Bound (Burç İdem Dinçel)


Burç İdem Dinçel*

The Tragic Burst of Laughter in Theodoros Terzopoulos’ Prometheus Bound

Abstract: To say that there exists a symbiotic relationship between tragedy and comedy would not be an overstatement. As early as in Plato’s Symposium, the coexistence of the two was not only acknowledged as one of the most vital aspects of dramatic composition, but also deployed to broach philosophical questions concerned with the art of theatre. Moreover, on the performative level, the implications of this correlation between the two genres attract notice, owing to the intricate nature of laughter and the ways in which it is metamorphosed into a tragic component on stage within the context of contemporary productions of ancient Greek tragedies – a topos in its own right with which to explore the reception of ancient myths in the performative framework, whose hallmark is mimesis. Taking this basic premise as a starting point, the present paper sets out to scrutinise the tragic function that laughter acquires in the theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos, specifically in his production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound that was staged in 2010 as part of the transcultural Promethiade Project. Before going into the details of the production, however, the study will offer an in-depth account of the project itself in order to cast light on the dynamics by way of which the Promethean myth functions as a means to problematise and overcome the notion of borders. This account forms the backbone for the subsequent sections of the article...

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