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Celebrating Karolos Koun

Friday, September 22, 2017 (All day)
St Hilda's College, Cowley Pl, Oxford OX4 1DY
Jacqueline du Pré Building


The APGRD (University of Oxford) will host an audio-visual exhibition and one-day conference to celebrate the work of Karolos Koun (1908-1987), widely considered to have been the greatest Greek theatre director of modern times. The conference is co-organised with Dr Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent), and the audio-visual exhibition is to be co-curated by the theatre designers and Koun collaborators, Dionysis Fotopoulos and Lily Pezanou.


Registration for the day is £20 (student concession £10).
There will be an optional conference dinner at an additional cost of £35.

Click here to register.


9.15am Coffee and Registration
9.45am Welcome: Fiona Macintosh (University of Oxford)
Opening Lecture: Chair: Oliver Taplin (University of Oxford)
10-10.45am: Helen Varopoulou (Berlin), ‘Karolos Koun: Greekness and interculturality’

Panel 1: Chair: Olga Taxidou (University of Edinburgh)
10.45-11.30am: Dio Kangelari (Thessaloniki), ‘Karolos Koun and the “popular expressionism”’
11.30am-12.15pm: George Sampatakakis (Patras), ‘“hunger was hunger…”: Koun’s ideology on acting’
LUNCH and Audio-visual EXHIBITION at the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford
3pm: In the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford:

Panel 2: Chair: Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol)
3-3.45pm: Gonda Van Steen (Florida), ‘Theatre, politics and money: Koun’s Art Theater and the Greek dictatorship’
3.45-4.30pm: Platon Mavromoustakos (Athens), ‘Karolos Koun between identities, languages and aesthetics’
4.30-5pm: TEA

Panel 3: Chair: Hans-Thies Lehmann (Frankfurt am Main)
5-5.45pm: Eleni Papazoglou (Thessaloniki), ‘Between west and east, character and figure: Koun’s “dark” Electra’
5.45-6.30pm: Angie Varakis-Martin (Kent), ‘“The movement that speaks”: Koun’s masked chorus at the World Theatre Season’
6.30pm Drinks Reception
*8.15pm Optional Conference Dinner

Please feel free to email any queries to:

Contact name: 
Claire Kenward
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