Symposia – Workshops – Presentations

Free admission, booking required


Line Games
Performance workshop by Cathy Naden

14:00-17:00 (with a 15-minute break)

Based in Sheffield, UK, Forced Entertainment consists of six artists engaging in theatre and performance, and touring all around the world. The company met at Exeter University and have been working together since 1984. As a group, they explore and challenge the meaning of theatre and performance in the context of contemporary life, always pushing and often breaking the accepted boundaries and conventions.
The workshop will explore some of the performance and devising strategies they use in their practice: playing with improvisation, live-decision making, rules and instructions to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of the collective creative process.
Cathy Naden is a founding member, performer and deviser of Forced Entertainment. She has taught the company’s methodologies widely in the UK and abroad, including workshops and lectures at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, SAIC in Chicago, and Contact Young People’s Theatre in Manchester. She is also a director and writer and has performed with international companies including Jerome Bel, TG STAN and New York City Players.


Post-dance: The Book
Launch and free distribution of edited volume on contemporary dance trends


“Post-dance” is the title of a conference organized by André Lepecki (dance theorist), Danjel Andersson (artistic director of the MDT), and Gabriel Smeets (director of the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm). The conference was held at the MDT theatre, in Stockholm, in October 2015. It came as a result of an ongoing quest about current trends and tendencies in the fields of dance and choreography. “Post-dance” is not an existing term or a borrowed concept; rather, it serves as a container. The rationale behind it was to keep the term open-ended and inclusive, encompassing diverse concepts and content. In lieu of this term being given a specific definition, a number of thinkers, makers, writers, curators, and experts from the fields of dance and choreography were invited to invest the container with possible meaning, keeping it open and urgent.
Three of the conference attendees, choreographer Mette Edvardsen, choreographer and theoretician Mårten Spångberg and Danjel Andersson have served as a temporary editorial board, inviting thinkers to suggest new meanings of this term. This edited volume of essays contains texts which originated in the form of conference lectures, as well as essays written specifically for this volume.

Launch and free distribution of the book. Not available on the market.

Supported by: Cullbergbaletten and Life Long Burning, with project support from the European Commission, Swedish Art Council, Stockholm City Culture, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee


Masterclass with Hans-Thies Lehmann
“Post-dramatic theatre and Berlin’s Volksbühne”


The author of Postdramatic Theatre (1999), a pivotal study of avant-garde theatre, Hans-Thies Lehmann will give a masterclass exploring the often misunderstood concept of postdramatic theatre and the international artistic contributions of the Volksbühne and major artists linked to the Berlin theatre.

Greek translation

With the cooperation of the Goethe-Institut Athen


Talking about Volksbühne
A talk with Hans-Thies Lehmann, René Pollesch, and other artists of Volksbühne


Over the last twenty years, Volksbühne has been the most influential theatre in Germany, home to some of its most celebrated theatre artists. As an exemplary avant-garde theatre, it has, time and again, expanded our perceptions of theatre. On the occasion of the Athens Festival tribute to Volksbühne, co-curator for international productions Matthias von Hartz will discuss with German theatre scholar Hans-Thies Lehmann, director René Pollesch and other members of Volksbühne about this unique Berlin institution and the productions audiences will enjoy in the Athens Festival.


18-19 JUNE
Virus / All!
Led by Kinkaleri’s Marco Mazzoni

10:00-13:30 (with a 20-minute break)

The “Virus” workshop is organized on the basis of a gestural code, invented by Kinkaleri. Through this code, each letter of the alphabet is translated into movement. Thanks to this process, the body is no longer involved in the formal reproduction of a gesture in an aesthetic sense; rather, gestures are conceived as a “fact” of communicative value. The introduction of alphabet letters as a means of generating movement triggers a gap between speech and movement, effectively changing our perceptions of the latter. Dancers “talk” while simultaneously dancing, conceiving movement as a dynamic flow of gestures in progress. Set in a specific time and place, these gestures can help develop compositional strategies which, in turn, reveal new express possibilities.


Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics Symposium
“Literature and Theatre: Avenues and Dead Ends”


Launching a collaboration between the Athens Festival and the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, this symposium will focus on an important issue that concerns almost the entire Greek theatre world, veteran and younger theatre artists in Greece and abroad: the stage adaptation of literary works. The president of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, Savvas Patsalidis, several members of the association, and co-curator of Athens & Epidaurus Festival for contemporary Greek theatre, Dimitra Kondylaki, will give short lectures, in view of the fact that this year’s Festival programme is relevant to the issues addressed in the conference. Following the lectures, there will be a roundtable discussion chaired by members of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, with the participation of select artists and experts who are expected to cover the various aspects of the issue through short interventions, followed by discussion with the audience.


Symposium on artistic interventions in public spaces

12:00 - 19:00 

Part of the AfterLives event, organized by the MKULTRA collective
Free admission. Attendees are required to register at until Monday, June 26, 2017. Seats will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.
Conference speakers include:
Eva Fotiadi, Sofia Dona, Charikleia Chari, Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Vassilis Noulas - Kostas Tzimoulis, Despoina Panagiotopoulou - Athina Karatzogianni, Mary Zygouri, UrbanDig Project, and others.


Led by Hofesh Shechter Company dancers
11:00 - 13:00

One of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists, Hofesh Shechter and his Company have won worldwide acclaim for their unique style of choreography, infused with honesty and raw physicality. Run by Hofesh Shechter Company dancers, the workshop is an opportunity for dance teachers, students and professional dancers to explore the Company’s distinctive movement style, using material from Hofesh’s newest work, Grand Finale, to explore his creative process.


The Charm of Kun Opera
Workshop on the origins, development, musical instruments and characteristics of Kun Opera

18:00-20:00 (approximately)
Number of participants: 80 max

Kun Opera (also known as Kunqu Opera) is one of the oldest forms of opera in China. Spanning a history of over 600 years, it emerged in the Kunshan region at the end of the Yuan Dynasty and was reformed during the middle period of the Ming Dynasty.
Renowned for its charming music and its rising and falling melodies, the Kun Opera is also famous for its elegant, lingering, and touching tunes. In terms of performing techniques, it focuses on control of voice, rapid and slow pause, and transition in rhythm, speed, and pronunciation. The Opera incorporates poems, music, songs, and dance, and occupies an important part in the history of Chinese literature, traditional opera, music and dance.
On May 8, 2001, Kun Opera was listed by the UNESCO as a representative work of oral and intangible human heritages.