Very late notice – in case you can make it…

The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk <http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk> ) Conference 2010 ‘Choruses: Ancient and Modernwill take place at the University of Oxford, 13-14 September 2010.

Everyone is welcome. For more information and to register for the conference please contact Naomi Setchell, APGRD Archivist/Administrator (naomi.setchell@classics.ox.ac.uk). The registration fee is £25.

The standard view of the ancient chorus as an encumbrance in the modern western world, where the individual rather than the collective is prized, needs serious scrutiny.  Not only does this overlook much dramatic theory and practice since the eighteenth century, it also ignores the monarchical contexts in which this intrinsically neo-classical view was developed. At the conference an international and interdisciplinary group of speakers (classicists, theatre historians, anthropologists, musicologists, philosophers as well as contemporary practitioners) will examine the various contexts in the modern world in which ancient choruses have been consciously imitated, shunned and on occasions dangerously travestied in the modern world. The conference will therefore consider not only the aesthetics of the chorus but also the ways in which choruses have interacted (ritually, broadly socially and explicitly politically) with audiences in both antiquity and the modern world.

Confirmed speakers:

Karen Ahlquist (George Washington) ‘Chorus and Community’

Joshua Billings (Oxford) ‘An Alien Body? Choral questions around 1800′

Claudia Bosse (theatre director) will lead a practical workshop

Laurence Dreyfus (Oxford) ‘Sunken in the “Mystical Abyss”: The ‘choral’ orchestra in Wagner’s Music Dramas’

Zachary Dunbar (Central School of Speech and Drama) ‘The Politics of the Musical Chorus Line’

Simon Goldhill (Cambridge) ‘Choral Lyric(s)’

Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie-Universität, Berlin) ‘From Reinhardt to Riefenstahl’

Albert Henrichs (Harvard) ‘Chorality and Modern Interpretations: Nietzsche, Benjamin and Burkert’

Sheila Murnaghan (UPenn) ‘The choral plot of Greek tragedy’

Ian Rutherford (Reading) ‘Chorus, Song, Anthropology’

Roger Savage (Edinburgh) ‘Purists and Polymorphs: the Operatic Chorus in Rameau and Gluck’

Naomi Setchell
Archivist/Administrator
Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama,
Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies,
University of Oxford, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU
+44 (0)1865 288210 / http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk <http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk>

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