The plays hearken back to the massive crowds of the ancient City Dionysia
even when modern audiences experience them in proscenium arch or black box theatres.
First performed around 411BC in the City Dionysia
, today's version comes courtesy of director Minas Tigkilis and the local ETHAL (Limassol Theatre Development Company) group, who will be staging three performances on July 3 (Paphos Ancient Odeon), July 9 (Curium, Limassol) and July 11 (Makarios III Amphitheatre, Nicosia).
The City Dionysia
area explores the development of theater in Ancient Greece.
It was first performed at the city Dionysia
in Athens in about 406 B.
Additionally, David Roselli (2011) has cogently argued for the importance of noncitizen audience members in understanding theater dynamics at the City Dionysia
, and resident aliens' probable contribution to Athens' military expands the segment of tragedy's audience for whom issues relating to combat stress were salient.
In Aristophanes' Birds, produced at the city Dionysia
in 414 BC, Poseidon addresses the Triballian god and rebukes him (1567-71):
Meineck approaches the conflicts staged during the City Dionysia
as a healing ritual, one that addressed the psychological needs of a polis beset by almost constant warfare in the fifth century.
Although he traces lengthy stage events from the ancient Greek festival City Dionysia
to the medieval Corpus Christi cycles--and weaves in Umberto Eco's The Infinity of Lists to suggest that the human mind best grasps life's plenitude and variety through compendia--he admits that each case is different.
Convention holds that the inauguration of the City Dionysia
or elaboration of it to include competitive performances of tragoidia occurred around 534 at the instigation of the tyrant Peisistratos.
The annual City Dionysia
was both a religious festival in honour of the god Dionysus and a civic occasion in which citizens were required to watch depictions of evil.
3) In providing the sacred fire for all public sacrifices, the shrine of Hestia in the Prytaneion served as the starting point for many of the city's religious processions, or pompai, including the eisagoge that initiated the City Dionysia
An interesting speculative case is made for that, and for a post-tyranny date for the City Dionysia
, by W.