The course will study Theatre as an art form and one of the humanities, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms. Particular attention will be given to the study of the literature, history and current practice of theatre in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Field WorkCountry: Greece
Day: 1 - Monday, 19 September
The Field Class in Athens, Greece will explore one of the oldest Theatres of Dionysius, “Eleuthereus”, considered to be the first theatre structure in the world dating back to the 6th century BCE. Located in Athens, it is on the south slope of the Acropolis. It provides an excellent example of the classical theatre structures as many of the features have been preserved or recreated. Not only will the class imagine how the plays were performed, we will also gain insight into the social, religious and political milieu. The dramatic literature of ancient Greece and the Festival of Dionysus describe and reflect values and priorities of the culture. We will be partnering with an Ancient Greece scholar who can provide us with a deeper context for how the plays mirror and respond to the society and politics of 4th and 5th BCE. Later in the day we will interact with students from the American College of Greece who are studying theatre and dance. We will join with them for a workshop and performance opportunity.
1. To understand, through observations and guided learning, how the physical architecture of ancient Greece created a particular kind of theatrical experience for its audiences.
2. To gain knowledge of the significance of ancient Greek theatre as a social and political force that extended beyond Greece to influence Western theatre traditions throughout Europe and, later, the Americas.
3. To interact and explore theatre as an art form with professors and students at the American College of Greece.