Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi
This book critically analyses the work of Zouzou Nikoloudi, a major Greek choreographer (1917–2004), and the way she presented, with her company Chorica, the choral odes of ancient Greek drama, especially tragedy. It also sheds light on the theoretical underpinnings of Nikoloudi’s choreographic work, the result of her own research on this central problem in contemporary performances of ancient Greek drama, particularly the manner in which the ancient Greek chorus may be revived.
More specifically, the book provides answers to several key questions concerning Nikoloudi’s work, namely: What were her views about ancient dramatic art and how were they influenced by the School of Koula Pratsika and Expressionist Dance? Which elements from her own training did she apply to her teaching method for actors and dancers and to what extent do these elements correspond to our existing knowledge about ancient Greek tragic drama? How did she integrate her embodied experiences and aesthetics into praxis while choreographing with her company?
The book examines the work of Nikoloudi in relation to ancient Greek views of tragedy and the ways in which those views have been reinterpreted in contemporary dance practice, thus elucidating both the work of a distinguished twentieth-century Greek choreographer and our understanding of classical Greek aesthetic theories.
Katia Savrami is Assistant Professor of Choreology at the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Patras, Greece. She received her MA and PhD degrees from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance at City University London.
"[T]he book offers a wealth of pragmatic information and penetrating analyses; it is a first-rate contribution to the study of the modern reception of ancient theatre, valuable for classical scholars, drama critics, and artists alike. Above all, it is a reminder of the cardinal importance of music and dance for the emotional effect of an ancient play. Directors of the avant-garde should take particular heed of it."
Ioannis M. Konstantakos National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Classical Journal Online, 06.03.2018
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