International Conference on Arts and Humanities



 on May 10th to 13th, 2018



20.30 Gardzienice Theatre’s Performances ELEKTRA and IPHIGENIA AT AULIS (or IPHIGENIA IN TAURISdir. by Włodzimierz Staniewski (appx. 40 min. each)

and Evening Integrative Gathering run by Gardzienice actors (songs, recitations, video-clips); together with supper prepared by Hostesses Club from Gardzienice – The Palace


Friday, 11th May

9.00-10.00: Workshop:  Gardzienice Actors & Musicians

Conference 10.40-18.15:

10.40-11.00: Welcoming address - Why Euripides in Gardzienice? Włodzimierz Staniewski, Director of E-CTP Gardzienice,  lecturer at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Robert Sucharski, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw.


Chair Jan Bremmer

11.00-11.30: Transitions between Madness and Sanity: Euripides and medical texts – Mr. Robin Lane Fox, Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford and Reader in Ancient History, University of Oxford.

11.30-12.00: Sacrificial ritual(s) in the Bakchai. Towards a conclusion – Krzysztof Bielawski, Professor in the Institute for Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow.

12.00-12.15: Euripides’ Bacchae: programme notes for tonight’s performance by ThiasosYana Sistovari, Artistic Director of Thiasos Theatre Company London,and Hon. Associate of APGRD, Oxford. 


Chair Krzysztof Bielawski

12.45-13.15: Re-reading Euripides’ Bacchae through performance at the end of the nineteenth and into the early twentieth centuries Fiona Macintosh, Professor of Classical Reception and Fellow of St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford.

13.15-13.45: The life and death of Adonis on the ancient Greek and Roman stage – Aleksandra Klęczar, Doctor in the Institute for Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow.

13.45-14.15: Beyond joy and pain: Dionysos in the tragedies by Nicos Kazantzakis – Małgorzata Borowska, Professor in theFaculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw.


Chair: Włodzimierz Staniewski

16.30-17.00: How humans are left at the end of Euripides’ tragedies Oliver Taplin, Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.


Chair: David Wiles

17.00-18.15: PANEL on Euripides and the emotions - The speakers will be given 5 minutes each to present their position on a question which will be discussed between them.


20:30:  PERFORMANCEThe Bacchae by Thiasos Theatre dir. by Yana Sistovari and MJ Coldiron (105 min.)

22.00:  Post-performance reception  (with supper prepared by Hostesses Club from Gardzienice)


Saturday, 12th May


9.00-10.00: Working in Graeco-Roman Helmet Masks—their effect on performance approaches in terms of vocal production, physical embodiment and expressivity – Workshop with MJ Coldiron, Doctor, Deputy Head of BA World Performance, E15 Acting School, University of Essex and Associate Director of Thiasos Theatre Company.

Conference 11.00-18.15:


Chair: Oliver Taplin

11.00-11.30: Nevertheless They Persisted: Euripides' Medea, Hecuba and Helen Rush Rehm, Professor of Drama and Classics at Stanford Unversity, California, USA and Artistic Director of Stanford Repertory Theater.

11.30-12.00: The gender re-contextualization of Euripidean characters on contemporary stage Małgorzata Budzowska, Doctor in theClassical Philology Department, University of Łódz.

12.00-12.30: Euripides and the female oratorDavid Wiles, Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Exeter, UK.


Chair: Rush Rehm

13.00-13.30: Transitions in Euripides' AlcestisJan Bremmer, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

13.30-14.00: Death in Tragicomedy “Alcestis” by Euripides Jadwiga Czerwinska, Professor in the Italian Studies Department, University of Łódź.

14.00-14.30: Traces of ancient Greek marriage and Euripides's influence in Wyspianski's "Wedding" Włodzimierz Staniewski, Director of E-CTP Gardzienice,  lecturer at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw.


Chair: Aleksandra Klęczar

16.30-17.00: Met e... Euripides' ‘Met emoi’ fragment as a foundation myth for contemporary music - Jan Lech, Theatre Ecology Workspace in the Faculty of "Artes Liberales", University of Warsaw.


Chair: Fiona Macintosh

17.00-18.30 PANEL on Euripides and Gender: How has the thinking about Euripides and Gender changed over the last twenty years? - The speakers will be given 5 minutes each to present their position on a question which will be discussed between them.


20:30  PERFORMANCE - WEDDING by Gardzienice dir. by Włodzimierz Staniewski (1h)

22.00  Post-performance reception  (with supper prepared by Hostesses Club from Gardzienice)

 Sunday 13 May

11:30-13.00: FINAL PANEL and Closing of the Conference






II Edition

May 11 - 15, 2017

Gardzienice, in collaboration with Artes Liberales Faculty, Univ. of Warsaw

Conference Program, 2017

Thursday, May 11th, Gardzienice
arrival and accommodation

20:00 Theatre events, Meeting and Gathering (food and drinks)
including: short film from the 1st Conference “Euripides-Innovator” 2016

Friday, May 12th, Gardzienice

9:00 – 10:00 Music Workshop with Roberto Tangianu (and assistant) – Sardinia

11:00 – 15:00 Conference:

  • 11:00 – 11:15 WłodzimierzStaniewski: Welcomingaddress – Director of ECTP Gardzienice, Lecturer at the Faculty of “ArtesLiberales”, University of Warsaw
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Prof. Edith Hall Euripides, Art and Carpentry – Classics Department and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College, London (with discussion)
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Dr Rosie Wyles Euripides the Sculptor– Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent

13:00 – 13:30 Break

  • 13:30 - 14:15 Dr Aleksandra Klęczar: Euripides, Macedonia, Alexander. Euripidean motifs in the legend of Alexander the Great – Institute for Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

17:00 – 18:15 Conference:

  • 17.00 – 17.45 Prof. Krzysztof Bielawski: Innovations of Euripides' Theology – Institute for Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow
  • 17.45- 18.15 Jan Lech: Which man will pull the fine hair? Recomposing Euripides – Theatre Ecology Workspace in the Faculty of "ArtesLiberales", University of Warsaw

20:00 Concert by Roberto Tangianu: launeddas (triple-pipe) – Sardinia

22:00 Teatr "Gardzienice" IFIGENIA at A...

from 20:00 Night Conference Club

Saturday, May 13th, Gardzienice

9:00 – 10:00 Workshop with "Gardzienice" Theatre actors and musicians

11:00 – 15:00 Conference:

  • 11:00 – 13:00 Prof. Jerzy Axer: Chair – Faculty of “ArtesLiberales”, University of Warsaw
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Prof. Armand D’Angour: Reviving Orestes: the sound of the Chorus – Jesus College, University of Oxford
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Staniewski and Gardzienice Theatre: Reconstruction or resurrection of Ancient Music relics? Presentations from Orestes according to D’Angour and other ancient remains – ECTP Gardzienice and Faculty of “ArtesLiberales”, University of Warsaw

13:00 – 13:30 break

  • 13:30 – 14:15 Dr Lucy Jackson: Euripides’ Choruses After Euripides– King’s College, London
  • 14:15 – 15:00 MaciejRychły: Finding traces of Euripides – from sign to the sound – Composer

17:00 – 19:00 Conference: Yana Sistovari and Thiasos Theatre

17:00 – 17:20 Yana Sistovari: Rebirth of the earth, possession and lament in Euripides’ Bacchae – Artistic Director of Theatre Thiasos, London
17:20 – 19:00 IteBakchai – towards a performance of Euripides’ Bacchae"

  1. Agave’s lament – sings Shelby Lynn Gilliam (Rose Bruford College, Theatre Thiasos)
  2. Bacchic Paysages of Sardinia and modern GreeceSalvatore Scarpa (Thiasos Theatre)
  3. BacchaeParodos, with pipes, drum and the African mbiraManuel Jimenez (Composer & Musical Director, Thiasos Theatre) and Roberto Tangianu (triple-pipe)

21.00 – "Gardzienice" Theatre ELEKTRA

Academy for Theatre Practices with "Gardzienice" actors SCENES FROM THE WEDDING

from 20.00 Night Conference Club (conversations, etc.)

Sunday, May 14th, Gardzienice

9:00 – 10:00 Workshop withactors and musicians of "Gardzienice" Theatre

11.00 – 12.30 Armand D'Angour, MaciejRychły, WłodzimierzStaniewski: The sounds of Ancient Music - Scientific Research & Practice, with presentations

Monday, May 15th, Warsaw, Faculty of “Artes Liberales” UW, 72 Dobra Street

17:30 – 19:00 Lecture of Professor Armand D’Angour: Reviving Orestes: the sound of the Chorus. Accompanied by presentation of Orestes music reconstruction according to D’Angour; "Gardzienice" Theatre actors and musician swith Maciej Rychły; Chair: Włodzimierz Staniewski





Euripides – the Innovator

I Edition

Gardzienice, May 13th-15th 2016

International scientific and artistic conference


Agenda of conference:

May 13, 2016 (Friday)

17:0019:00 workshop by Thiasos Theatre Company for collected students and actors from Gardzienice and all arround Poland, 50 people, which includes:

  • 17:00–18:00 – Kecak
  • 18:00–19:00 – Mask wokshops

20:00 Theatrical Marathon ("Gardzienice" Theatre)


May 14, 2016 (Saturday)

9.0010.00 Workshops by Thiasos, shared with "Gardzienice" team

11:0015:55 Conference:

  • 11:00 – 11:15 Włodzimierz Staniewski: Why Euripides in the Polish village
  • 11:15 - 11:55 Yana Sistovari: Euripides as a Source of Innovation: Indonesian Dance Drama, Ancient Chorality and a New Ending for „Hippolytos (includes 15 minutes demonstration)  
  • 12:05 – 12:35 Jadwiga Czerwińska: Innovativeness in the Euripides' Dramaturgy
  • 12:45 – 13:00 Discussion
  • 13:15 - 13:45 Prof.Jadwiga Czerwiñska: "Innovativeness in the Euripides' Dramaturgy"
  • 12:45 - 13:00 discussion
  • 13:15 - 13:45 Dr.Malgorzata Budzowska: "Euripides' Iphigenia on stage. Polish examples"
  • 13:55 - 14:25 Aleksandra Klêczar "The presence of Euripides in Hellenistic Drama"
  • 14:35 - 14:50 Wiktor Uhlig (Artes student) – Geography in Euripides plays -15 min
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Wlodzimierz Staniewski -  „Euripidean Inspirations in Scenic Techniques"
  • 15:40 - 15:55 Discussion

20.00 Hippolytos by Euripides, Thiasos Theatre Company, premiere.

21.00 – questions and answers ( 20-30 min)


May, 15th (Sunday)

9.00-10. 00 Workshop by Thiasos, shared with Gardzienice team

11.00-15.15   Conference:

  • 11:00 – 11.30 Edith Hall (Keynote Speaker): "Some Aspects of Euripidean Theatrical Innovation"
  • 11.40 - 12.00 Dr.Jon Hesk "Character, conflict and contemporaneity: Euripides' originality "
  • 12:10 - 12:25 Discussion
  • 12.40 - 13.10  Prof.Malgorzata Borowska: „Euripides: Breaking Conventions.."
  • 13:20 –13.50 Prof.Michael Earley: Euripides our Contemporary
  • 14:00 - 14:15 Jan Lech ( Pracownia Ekologii Teatru-Wydzial Artes LIberaless UW)- Euripides in cycle of ecology of music. Sound sacrifice of Iphigenia.
  • 14:20 - 14.50  Prof.Krzysztof Bielawski: "Euripides poeta gnomicus – tradition as innovation"
  • 15:00 – 15.15  Plenary discussion

16:00 - 16:45 Trditional Indonesian Dances demo with live performance and video footage (with explanation by Dr MJ Coldiron)



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