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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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An ‘Anti-classical’ Approach to Classics?

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Classics in the Modern World

Martina Treu

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses theatre and education in the context of present-day Italy: first, it outlines the context of national schools and universities. Secondly, it analyses some case studies—classical plays adapted and staged by school students—which are at the interface between education experiences and theatre productions. These are unconventional, and important for their particularly ‘democratic’ and non-hierarchical pedagogical methods. Then, it focuses on two adaptations by Teatro delle Albe (Ravenna). Such collective experiences and participation can affect our ways of perceiving, re-writing, and staging an ancient text. The Chorus in particular, as a symbol of a ‘democratic’ model often finds little place in those theatre companies that have a hierarchical structure, with directors and leading actors deciding almost everything. Finally, the chapter suggests that further collaborative research is needed to investigate precisely how pedagogical experiences of this kind could operate in different countries and whether, and how, they actually influence the actors, spectators, and other participants.

Keywords:   collective, non-hierarchical, participation, unconventional, education

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