Establishing a Theatrical Locus Communis: The Royal Theater in Athens (1901-1906)
The author examines the vigorous reception of the German theater in Greece, a phenomenon that took place along with the process of establishing in Athens, in 1901 the Royal Theater. The multiple aesthetic, social and political forms of this phenomenon provided a "locus of contact" with the German culture and accomplished a function, regarded as the instrument for the development of the bourgeois theater in Greece. This happened through the work of theater practitioners and intellectuals, as well as through the transfer of institutions, theatrical plays, and scripts of direction instructions, decorations, and props. The performances staged were the iceberg in the process of this reception, as they provided a strategy toward the revitalization of the Greek theater, realized in a productive way.
Photo 1: Thomas Oeconomo, Athinai, 26.6.1907.
Photo 2: Agnes Sorma as Nora in Ibsen’s Doll’s House (1900), Panathinaia, vol. 3, 15.11.1900, p. 83.
Photo 3: The frontage of the Royal Theater in Athens, Panathinaia, vol. 2, 31.10.1900, p. 53.
Photo 4: Constantine VI, son of Irene and Leo IV. Historicist costume made by theatrical costume company Hugo Baruch in Berlin for the performance Isavroi by Kleon Rangavis (1904), in Museum and Study Center of the Greek Theater in Athens.
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