First International Ancient Drama Workshop
Delphi, 11-22 June 2016
At Delphi, in the summer of 2016 (11 to 22 June), the National Theatre of Greece held an international ancient Greek drama workshop on the topic of Antigone, run by the director and actor Lydia Koniordou.
The aim of the initiative was for participants to gain experience and specialist knowledge of ancient drama in spaces that have been closely associated with the genre since its birth.
Delphi offered a unique experience to those taking part. Set in enchanting scenery, it is an extraordinary archaeological site that countless people have flocked to over the ages. Delphi and the ritual involved in ancient drama create a unique energy for young actors to tap into.
Young actors from the theatres in the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe also joined the workshop through the UTE Decentralized Academy.
Every day, the educational process comprised:
10am-2pm: Morning body/voice exercises in a natural setting
Lunch, rest and study in the grounds of the Delphi Centre
6pm-7.30pm: Analysis of the play
Evening: Acting scenes from the play
At the end of the workshop, the results were presented to the public in the form of a work in progress.
The workshop was accompanied by an extensive parallel programme with theoretical lectures and approaches, presentations and discussions.
Those attending also had the opportunity to watch videos of ancient drama performed by Greek and foreign actors.
The workshop was conducted in Greek and English. Knowledge of English was also essential for Greek participants.
Workshop head: Lydia Koniordou
Movement specialist: Marianna Kavallieratou
The workshop was open to actors up to the age of 30.
Latest updated: 01/03/2023