THE TRAGIC CHORUS IN ANCIENT TIMES AND NOWADAYS: ITS ROLE AND STAGING

GORDAN MARIČIĆ, MARINA MILANOVIĆ

Abstract


In this paper we shall try to clarify the role of the chorus in the origin and development of the ancient tragedy. We can rightly say that it represents the pinnacle of intellectual and artistic expression of the Greek civilization. We will point out historical circumstances and facts related to the existence of the chorus; the place the chorus has in Greek society and on the stage as well as its characteristics will also be discussed.

In the second part of this paper, possibilities of reviving the ancient drama, especially tragedy on the modern scene, shall be discussed. Should one aspire towards a more faithful imitation or a creative interpretation? What are the difficulties a director is facing when he has to decide what to do with the chorus? Is there only one answer or are there more?


Keywords


Dionysus, the ancient tragedy, staging, imitation, authenticity, tragic chorus, director

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19090/i.2016.27.58-68

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