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Dionysus Resurrected: Performances of Euripides' The Bacchae in a Globalizing World

Dionysus Resurrected: Performances of Euripides' The Bacchae in a Globalizing World

Erika Fischer-Lichte

ISBN: 978-1-405-17578-4 December 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages

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Dionysus Resurrected analyzes the global resurgence since the late 1960s of Euripides’ The Bacchae. By analyzing and contextualizing these modern day performances, the author reveals striking parallels between transformational events taking place during the era of the play’s revival and events within the play itself.

  • Puts forward a lively discussion of the parallels between transformational eventsduring the era of the play’s revival and events within the play itself
  • The first comparative study to analyse and contextualize performances of The Bacchae that took place between 1968 and 2009 from the United States, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia
  • Argues that presentations of the play not only represent liminal states but also transfer the spectators into such states
  • Contends that the play’s reflection on various stages of globalization render the tragedy a contemporary play
  • Establishes the importance of The Bacchae within Euripides’ work as the only extant tragedy in which the god Dionysus himself appears, not just as a character but as the protagonist

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction 1

–Rediscovering The Bacchae

Part I: Festivals of Liberation: Celebrating Communality 25

Chapter 1: The Birth Ritual of a New Theatre 27

– Richard Schechner’s Dionysus in 69

in New York (1968) –

Chapter 2: Celebrating a Communion Rite? 48

– Wole Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides

at London’s National Theatre (1973) –

Chapter 3: Sparagmos and Omophagia 72

– Teat(r)o Oficina’s Bacantes in São Paulo (1996) –

Part II: Renegotiating Cultural Identities 91

Chapter 4: On the Strangeness and Inaccessibility of the Past 93

– The Antiquity Project at the Schaubühne

Berlin (1974) –

Chapter 5: Performing or Contaminating Greekness? 116

– Theodoros Terzopoulos’ The Bacchae in

Delphi (1986) –

Chapter 6: In Search of New Identities 136

– Krzysztof Warlikowski’s The Bacchae

in Warsaw (2001) –

Part III: Productive Encounter or Destructive Clash of Cultures? 157

Chapter 7: Dismemberment and the Quest for Wholeness 159

– Suzuki Tadashi’s The Bacchae in Japan and on

World Tour (1978–2006) –

Chapter 8: Transforming Kathakali 186

The Bacchae by Guru Sadanam P. V. Balakrishnan

in Delphi and New Delhi (1998) –

Chapter 9: Beijing Opera Dismembered 206

– Peter Steadman and Chen Shi-zheng’s The Bacchae

in Beijing (1996) –

Epilogue 225

Index of names 00

Index of subjects 00