CULTURE

Theater workshops to focus on actor’s body

This year’s Summer Drama Academy, organized for the fourth year by the National Theater, is taking place on Corfu. The focus this year is on actors’ bodies and on today’s most important acting methods. Approximately 70 students, young actors and other people involved in theater are taking part in the academy’s seminars, workshops and other activities run by prominent personalities of international theater, such as Valery Fokin, director of the Moscow-based Meyerhold Center; Theodoros Terzopoulos, director of the Attis Theater; Latin American Abel Solares; Poles Wloodzimierz Staniewski and Ewa Lewinson; Spaniard Emilio Hernandez and Greek directors Ellie Papaconstantinou and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos as well as Greek composer Dimitris Kamarotos and others. Director Sotiris Hadzakis has undertaken to teach «Actor: A Kind of Instrument» as a master class. Discussions of the techniques and practices used by Antonin Artand, Vsevolod Meyerhold and Jerzy Grotovsky will take place, as well as a study of methods originating in non-European civilizations, such the Japanese and the Latin American theatrical traditions, will be tried out. Besides the artists, renowned academics like Georges Banu and Monique Borie, both professors at the Sorbonne in Paris; Dagmar Oswald from Tokyo University and Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler, president of the European University, will also participate in the academy’s activities. Theater expert and critic Eleni Varopoulou has once more organized this year’s events. Activities will run to July 6 and include art exhibitions, demonstrations and performances in specially designed venues.