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The method of Theodoros Terzopoulos in approaching classic texts
Master class with Theodoros Terzopoulos, work demonstration assisted by Savvas Stroumpos

Thu 4 December 2014, 17:00
Laboratory Theatre Space
Admission free
In Greek with consecutive Polish translation

“The process of rehearsal in Attis Theatre is not the performance of a dramatic concept; it is an adventure on a journey to the landscape of memory, a search for the lost keys of unity between body and speech, the word as a natural unity.”
Heiner Müller, Berlin, 1987

The lecture is an introduction to the renowned and influential method of Theodoros Terzopoulos that is being taught in international drama academies, drama schools and universities, and has inspired actors all over the world. Terzopoulos’ method focuses on the emancipation of the trapped energy and voice, and aims to reconstitute the lost unity between the word and the body.    

The main axons of the method that will be introduced:
  • Function and control of breathing
  • Techniques of self-concentration
  • Localization and activation of corporal axes
  • Strengthening of the energy centre
  • Localization of the sound sources
  • Total activation of the resonators
  • Emancipation of the voice
  • Rhythmic interpretation of a text (ancient Greek tragedy and classic texts)


Photo by Tadashi Suzuki

Theodoros Terzopoulos was born in the village of Makrygialos, Greece, and attended Kostas Michailidis’ Drama School in Athens (1965–1967). He studied and worked as assistant director at Berliner Ensemble (Berlin, 1972–1976). He was Director of the Drama School of the State Theatre of Northern Greece (Thessaloniki, 1981–1983). He created Attis Theatre group in 1985 in Delphi. He has directed tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as contemporary plays by prominent European and contemporary Greek writers. He has directed at many international theatres, participated in numerous international festivals and worked with prominent actors. Over 29 years, Theodoros Terzopoulos and Attis Theatre have presented 1950 performances all over the world.
Theodoros Terzopoulos’ method and approach to ancient Greek tragedy is taught in drama academies and classical studies departments all over the world. He conducts many workshops and gives lectures. The director is an emeritus professor of a number of international academies and universities.
Theodoros Terzopoulos has been awarded many theatre prizes in Greece and abroad. Books on his working method have been published in countries such as Germany, England, Greece, Turkey, Russia and China. From 1985 to 1988 he was the artistic director of the International Meeting of Ancient Drama in Delphi, which hosted renowned theatre artists. He has been a founding member of the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre since 1990, President of the International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre in Greece since 1991, and Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics since 1993. As the artistic director of the 1st Theatre Olympics, “Crossing Millennia” (Delphi, 1995), he invited significant international performances and artists. He was the Chairman of the 2nd Theatre Olympics, “Creating Hope” (Shizuoka, Japan, 1999), the 3rd Theatre Olympics, “Theatre for the People” (Moscow, 2001), the 4th Theatre Olympics, “Beyond Borders” (Istanbul, 2006) and the 5th Theatre Olympics, “Sarang (Love and Humanity)” (Seoul, 2010) and the 6th Theatre Olympics “Dream” (Beijing, 2014).
In 2005 he founded the International Meeting of Ancient Drama in the Municipality of Sykion, Greece.