May 22, 2019

17.30 Registration
18.00 Welcome drink

May 23, 2019

8.30 Registration
9.00 Institutional greetings

Panel 1: Modes of Performing Classical Drama Around Europe and Beyond
Chair: Petr Kitzler, Centre for Classical Studies at the Institute of Philosophy, CAS
9.20 KEYNOTE: Edith Hall, King’s College, London ‒ Performing Euripides and Ezra Pound’s Metrical Modernism

10.00 C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia
Performing Tragedy in The Brazen Age

10.30 Peter Swallow, King’s College, London
Aristophanes in the Phrontisterion: Staging Old Comedy in Oxford and Cambridge 1883‒1914


11.15 Jakub Čechvala, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Appropriation through Gaps. Czech Reception of Greek Tragedy in the 19th and at the Beginning of the 20th Century

11.45 Dmitry Trubochkin, Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS), Moscow
Ancient Drama and the Russian Psychological Theatre

LUNCH BREAK (own arrangements) 12.15‒14.15

Panel 2: Theorizing Discourse: Bridging and Exploiting the Gaps
Chair: Eva Kyselová, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
14.15 KEYNOTE: Henri Schoenmakers, Universiteit Utrecht & Friedrich–Alexander Universität Erlangen, Nürnberg
Re-contextualization as a dramaturgical strategy

14.55 Athina Kavoulaki, University of Crete, Rethymno
The challenge of ritual: exploring ritual dynamics in 5th-century drama


15.30 Hallie Marshall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Ruins and Fragments: The impact of material culture on the plays of Tony Harrison

16.00 Martin Pšenička, Charles University, Praha
Aesthetics of Uncanny (Unheimliche) in Ancient Tragedy

16.30 Dana LaCourse Munteanu, Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio
Woody Allen on Aristotle on Greek Tragedy: the ‘Poetics’ Meets Hollywood

May 24, 2019

Panel 3: Staging Classical Drama After 2000
Chair: Daniela Jobertová, Academy of Performing Arts, Prague
9.15 KEYNOTE: Freddy Decreus, Universiteit Gent
The ritual theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos, or how to stage a ‘bodymind’ as a special form of everyday life?

9.55 Özlem Hemiş, Kadir Has Üniversitesi, Istanbul
The Historical Encounter of East and West in Aeschylus’ The Persians

10.25 Martina Treu, Università IULM (Milan, Italy) and CRIMTA (Centro Interdipartimentale Multimediale Teatro Antico), Università di Pavia, Italy
Aeschylus’s heritage: Greek tragedy in Sicily


11.30 Maddalena Giovanelli, Università degli Studi di Milano
Onomastikomodein? Political Aristophanes in Italian productions

LUNCH BREAK (own arrangements) 12.00‒14.00

Chair: Martin Pšenička, Charles University
14.00 Anastasia Bakogianni, Massey University, New Zealand
Antipodean Antigones: Performing Sophocles’ Tragedy Down Under

14.30 Malika Bastin-Hammou, Université Grenoble-Alpes
Staging Menander in the Francophone world

15.00 Dáša Čiripová, Theatre Institute, Bratislava
The pressure of exclusivity: stage productions of Classical Drama in Slovakia at the beginning of the 21st century


16.30 Cleo Protokhristova, Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski
Bulgarian stage productions of Medea in the twenty-first century

17.00 Romain Piana, Université de Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle
Greek and Roman drama on French stage in the database Théâtre antique en France

May 25, 2019

Panel 4: War, Peace, and Politics: Enacting the Distressed Self & Other
Chair: Platon Mavromoustakos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
9.00 KEYNOTE: George Harrison, Carleton University, Ottawa
Choral Reconciliation in the Octavia and Hercules Oetaeus: modern sex scandals for the ancient stage

9.40 Monica Centanni, Università IUAV di Venezia
Did Osama Bin Laden’s mother read The Persians by Aeschylus?

10.10 Évelyne Ertel, Université de Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle
The Persians in the Gulf War


11.00 Eliška Poláčková, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague ‒ Masaryk University, Brno
A Glimmer of Hope With Plautus. Frejka’s Pseudolus in the National Theatre, Prague, 1942

11.30 Alena Sarkissian, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague – Charles University, Praha
Greek Tragedy at the National Theatre during the Nazi occupation

12.00 Efthymios Kaltsounas, Tonia Karaoglou, Natalia Minioti and Eleni Papazoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Imaginings of Antiquity and Ancient Drama Performances in Greece (1975‒1995): Between Ideology and Style


14.30 Annual Meeting of the Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Greek Drama

May 26, 2019

9.30 Annual Meeting of the Network of Research and Documentation of Ancient Greek Drama

12.00 Conclusions

12.30‒14.30, Mistral Café (Valentinská 56, Praha 1)


1. Poultry broth with meat and vegetables
2. Tomato soup with basil and a drop of cream                   

Main Course
1. Linguine (pasta) with goat cheese and fresh baby spinach in tomato sauce     VEGETARIAN
2. Wrap with hummus, marinated eggplant, feta cheese, red pepper, tomato and lettuce   VEGETARIAN
3. Fried chicken steak with mashed potatoes and lemon
4. Beef tenderloin with creamy sauce with homemade herb dumplings      TYPICAL CZECH MEAL
5. Grilled duck breast with roasted gnocchi, red cabbage and demi glacé sauce    

1. Marble cake
2. Strudel  

For vegan option, please contact the organizers in advance.


On Friday night Prague churches open its gates to visitors who want to admire the interiors of the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque as well as modern buildings of worship scattered all around its historical centre. You can just pick a spot on the map, walk to the nearest church or prayer room, step in and experience the beauty and unique atmosphere of the place.

For more information see the website of the event: (only in Czech).