Greek Tragedy and Agonistic Space: A Contemporary Viewing of The Suppliant Women

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday 31st October 2017 / Venue: Walbank Lecture Theatre Abercromby SQ (south)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Anybody interested in the topic, including university staff and students and members of the public.
  • Admission: This event is free and open to all. No registration neccessary, for further information please contact Georgia Petridou: petridou@liverpool.ac.uk
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Dr Stephe Harrop, Liverpool Hope University

This seminar examines the contemporary re-performance of ancient tragedy in the light of agonistic theory. Combining the political theory of Chantal Mouffe with David Wiles’ structuralist analysis of tragic stage-space, it explores the notion that the spatial dynamics of Athenian tragedy were permeated by agonistic principles. It then develops a discussion of a recent production of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women (Royal Lyceum Theatre and Actors Touring Company, 2016-7), proposing that re-stagings of ancient tragedy, and particularly the spatial dynamics of choral performance, potentially offer an important location for the emergence of contemporary tragic theatre as (in Mouffe’s terms) ‘agonistic public space’.