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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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Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance

Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance

Ancient Greek Drama on the Israeli Stage

(p.226) (p.227) 17 Constructing Bridges for Peace and Tolerance
Classics in the Modern World

Nurit Yaari

Oxford University Press

At the heart of this chapter is the assertion that the term ‘democratic turn’ makes it possible to identify an important component in the reception of classical Greek drama in Israeli theatre since the 1967 war. The chapter focuses on three Hebrew productions that have become milestones of Israeli theatre: Arie Sachs’s version of Aristophanes’ Peace, Aloni’s Eddy king, and Hanoch Levin’s The Doomed Women of Troy. Each represents a different aspect of the democratic turn: one, the portrayal of current events through artistic freedom (the direct political aspect); the second, a rewriting of tragedy by drawing on early and recent theatrical traditions (the civilian aspect); and the third, accentuating and heightening the dimension of violence and pathos in Greek tragedy, by giving voice to those who are hardly heard in times of war, namely women and children—an aspect that combines the private and public, the social and political (externalizing and disassembling the power interplay).

Keywords:   Israeli theatre, Hebrew, Aristophanes’ Peace, Aloni’s Eddy king, Hanoch Levin’s The Doomed Women of Troy

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