• The Paper Cinema's Odyssey and The Factory, The Odyssey

    Author(s):
    Stephe Harrop (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Classical Tradition
    Subject(s):
    Classical reception, Greek and Latin poetry, Performance, Performance practice, Theater
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6F84F
    Abstract:
    This extended review highlights an increasingly important aspect of the contemporary performance reception of the Odyssey in the UK, with growing numbers of practitioners and companies moving away from the straightforward dramatisation (or revisionist dramatic contestation) of Homer’s epic tale, and towards a deepening engagement with epic storytelling as a distinctive category of performance practice. These projects have increasingly foregrounded the techniques and practices, and the active audiences, of epic storytelling, as well as the tales being told, opening up new landscapes for the exploration of ancient epic in live re-performance. Two productions currently playing in London are here taken as typifying this trend, demonstrating a developing focus on the flexible narrative structures and in-performance composition of Homeric epic, as well as the ripping yarn of the Odyssey’s plot.
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    Published
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    2 years ago
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