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The Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos

ISBN 9780367731519
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

The Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos outlines the story of the Athenian-based Attis Theatre and the way its founder and director, Theodoros Terzopoulos, introduced bio-energetic presences of the body on the stage, in an attempt to redefine and reappraise what it means today not only to have a body, but to fully be a body.

Terzopoulos created a very specific attitude towards life and death, and it is this broad perspective on energy and consciousness that makes his work so appealing both to a general public and to students of arts, theatre and drama. Freddy Decreus’ study charts the career of Greece’s most acclaimed theatre director and provides a spiritual and philosophic answer in times where former Western meta-narratives have failed.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Acknowledgements. Chapter 1: Unfathomable faces. Chapter 2: Myth and mythos in times of transition. Chapter 3: Myth and its riddles. Chapter 4: A Universe of Time and Space. Chapter 5: Rituals in a world of bioenergetics. Chapter 6: Inauguration of a new Humanism? Bibliography. Index.

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Freddy Decreus is a Professor Emeritus at Ghent University, Belgium, by training a classical philologist. Decreus started to work at Ghent University in 1981, where he was responsible for courses in Latin Literature, Literary Theory, Mythology, Comparative Literature and Theatre History (esp. Ritual Theatre). Recent publications include Post- Colonial Perspectives on the Tragic (2004), The Performance of the Comic in Arabic Theatre (2005), Ritual Theatre (2009), Mythology (2009), and The Reception of Classics (2010). His main interest today is the Italian theatre of the Socìetas Rafaello Sanzio and the ritual theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos (2016).