Smaro Gregoriadou

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EURIPIDES BACCHAE

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Bacchae - Parodos

SECOND PRODUCTION: EURIPIDES BACCHAE (2010)

# Theatrical direction: Aris Biniaris

# Musical composition and direction: Smaro Gregoriadou

Actors: Demetra Gkliati Yiannis Kanellis Aris Biniaris Stauros Seretis

Musician: Smaro Gregoriadou

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Bacchae - The Earthquake Scene

CHORIAMBUS TC second production was Euripides’ Bacchae. The play was interpreted in both ancient and new Greek in an attempt to reveal the common origins and consubstantial dynamic of the two idioms, as far as their very musical substance is concerned. Its premiere had been scheduled for February 2010 and has enjoyed 25 successful performances in Athens. As was the case with Antigone and Sophocles, the particular musical/sound idiosyncrasy of the euripidean poetry has been primarily exploited there. Bacchae drew inspiration from the specific art of the ancient Greek prosody and the Greek folk song. The play consisted both of a theatrical and musical event, focusing in the sound, the rhythm and the musicality of the ancient poetic speech, in connection to its utterance in modern Greek. This is exactly where the company’s artistic endeavor had been really focused: to a re-composition of the tragic Space, Time and Speech of the Bacchae through musical vibrations and structures. The acting bodies of the performers penetrated like oscillating strings into the individual sonorities of each single choral ode or scene of the mysterious bacchean universe, a literary or purely semantic reconstruction of which would rather be purposeless or ambiguous for today’s audience.

 

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Bacchae - Stasimon IV