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AJAX, THE MADNESS 16

Scenic composition based upon Ajax by Sophocles

AJAX, THE MADNESS

Attis Theatre – Athens, Greece

Director: Theodoros Terzopoulos

Performed in Greek with Hungarian and English subtitles.

55 minutes, without breaks.

Ajax, humiliated and furious by the wrong judgement of the Greek Court, which decided to donate Achilles’ weapons to odysseus instead of him, tried to take revenge on those who were unfair and insulted him. Goddess Athene unsettled his mind and Ajax, in a condition of madness, assaulted and slaughtered the Greek herds believing that they were his enemies Atreides. When he regained consciousness and realized his actions, he felt disgraced and humiliated and decided to commit suicide. Despite the efforts of his family and the chorus of Salaminian sailors,hewentalonetotheshoreofTroyandfellontohissword.Whilehisfamilywasmourning,Atreides’kings,MenelausandAgamemnon,forbadeAjax’bodytoreceiveaproperburial. However, odysseus intervened and convinced them to respect their dead enemy and allow him an honorable burial.

The performance Ajax, the madness is a result of Attis’ work and research upon some of the major topics of the tragedy Ajax by Sophocles, such as betrayal, wrath, madness, vengeance, suicide and guilt, an element that is absent from contemporary world.

The performance does not develop the whole text of the ancient tragedy Ajax by Sophocles, but those fragments narrating the murders that Ajax committed in a condition of unrighteous wrath. The messenger describes with lurid details how Ajax, blinded by his wrath and madness, got out of his tent, assaulted and slaughtered the animals, believing that they were men. The messenger’s narration revokes the image of the honorable hero and prepares the entrance of a bloodstained Ajax, while the chorus is trying, with his desperate questions, to understand the incomprehensible.

Színészek / Actors:

Tasos Dimas, Meletis Ilias, Savvas Stroumpos

Scenic composition, scenic design, costume design: Theodoros Terzopoulos
Lights: Theodoros Terzopoulos, Konstantinos Bethanis
​Technical manager: Konstantinos Bethanis
Stage manager: Charalampos Terzopoulos
Stage assistant: Dimitris Terzopoulos
Production manager, surtitles: Maria Vogiatzi
Photos: Johanna Weber

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Theodoros Terzopoulos

Theodoros Terzopoulos

He was born in Makrygialos, in the village of Pieria.
1965–1967: K. Michailidis Drama School (Athens).
1972–1976: Berliner Ensemble (Berlin).
He founded Attis Theatre in 1985.

He has directed Greek tragedies, opera and contemporary plays in Greece and in many theatres worldwide, presenting 2100 performances all over the world, throughout 34 years.

His approach on ancient Greek tragedy is taught in Drama Academies and Universities all over the world. He is leading many workshops and lectures about his method; he is an Emeritus professor in Academies and Universities, and has been awarded with many Theatre Prizes in Greece and abroad. Books on his method have been published in Greek, English, German, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, Italian, Korean and Polish. The book about his method, The Return of Dionysus, was published in 2015, and has been translated into many languages.

1981–1983: Director of the Drama School of the State Theatre of Northern Greece. 1985–1988 and 1995–2004: Artistic Director of the International Meetings of Ancient Drama in Delphi. Since 1990: founding member of the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre and President of its department in Greece. Since 1995: Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics; events have been held in Delphi, Shizuoka (Japan), Moscow, Istanbul, Seoul, Beijing, Wroclaw (Poland) and in 17 cities throughout India. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Meetings of Ancient Drama in the municipality of Sikyon (2005, 2006 and 2011).

Photo: Johanna Weber

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