Tartuffe – 4th Day of the Lenaia 2022

Dorine, Mariane’s personal maid, is not fooled by the fake devotion and piety of Tartuffe, while Mariane’s father is duped by the hypocrite and unable to see through his lies. In the second scene of the third act, you will find one of the most famous lines in Molière’s play Tartuffe, that most French people … Continue reading Tartuffe – 4th Day of the Lenaia 2022

Nāgānanda – Third Day of the Lenaia 2022

In the classical work Nāgānanda supposedly written by emperor Harṣavardhana, the conventional story of a love encounter between a king and a princess brings us to the Malaya Mountains where princess Malayavatī is musically worshipping her goddess Gaurī. We learn that the goddess visited her in her dreams to tell her she would marry the … Continue reading Nāgānanda – Third Day of the Lenaia 2022

Hippolytus – Second Day of the Lenaia 2022

In Euripides’ Hippolytus, Phaedra, Theseus’ wife, falls in love with her stepson Hippolytus. The young man is son of Theseus and an Amazon. He is not moved by women and his pride is to worship Artemis, goddess of hunting, wildlife and chastity. His disdain for goddess Aphrodite and for the love she inspires in men, … Continue reading Hippolytus – Second Day of the Lenaia 2022

Waiting for Godot – 1st Day of the Lenaia 2022

‘Think!’ This is the last word of the five commands that Pozzo gives to his slave Lucky, before the latter starts his long and absurd monologue. This happens around the last third of the first act in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Five commands are half way through the ‘Ten Commandments’, but for each of … Continue reading Waiting for Godot – 1st Day of the Lenaia 2022

Introduction to the Lenaia 2022

This is the third time I’m introducing the Lenaia festival and I assume the roots of this Dionysian celebration of drama arts don’t really need any more explanation or description. The four days that constitute the Λήναια [Lēnaia] are the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th days of the month of Γαμηλιών [Gamēliōn] - which is … Continue reading Introduction to the Lenaia 2022

Samonios 21

Between stalks of grassPhosphorescent greenIn a dark clearingWith air cold as glass Hear the sound of bonesClicking with the chillStarting a quiet drillLike ossicle stones You mustBewareOf theFact thatAppearance is not always truth my friend Behind the cold gravesShady shapes in brownHoods are kneeling downWith lamenting waves See the parias’ tearsFalling for citiesWhose hypocrisiesHave burnt … Continue reading Samonios 21

L’œuf et la lune pour la mi-automne

Célébrée non seulement dans les pays de tradition han, mais aussi avec quelques spécificités nationales au Japon, la ‘fête de la mi-automne’, comme son nom semble le démentir, survient très souvent au début de l’automne. Nous parlons là d’un découpage selon le calendrier romain dans les zones tempérées de l’hémisphère nord. Or, celle qu’on nomme … Continue reading L’œuf et la lune pour la mi-automne

Gaë Bolg – Totentanz [Translation]

一 Father, what does Death look like?一 That, my child, no one has ever seen.一 Tell me, does It sometimes sleep?一 That, my child, no one has ever known.一 How about you, does Death scare you?一 Certainly a bit, but as you see, I’m still alive.一 Tell me, are there some people who worship It?一 … Continue reading Gaë Bolg – Totentanz [Translation]

Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Recently, I have read concerns about the fact that many scholars in Western Europe and in the Americas, use an ‘Erasmian’ style of pronunciation when reading Classical Greek texts. There is apparently an identitarian trend of calling out people who are not native to Modern Greece, to ‘mispronounce’ classical texts, as if the Modern Greek … Continue reading Lecturing people on classical languages pronunciation [Response]

Beauty and the Beast – 8th Day of Urban Dionysia

The Διονύσια τὰ ἀστικά ‘Urban Dionysia’, are the last Dionysian celebrations of the Hellenic lunar calendar. They close the yearly events in boreal spring - austral fall - with other rituals, dances and performances. Each day of the Dionysia, I introduce, with only one sentence, a piece of performance art from anyone in the world, … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast – 8th Day of Urban Dionysia