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ARTISTS AND ACTORS: ICONOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE
IN ANCIENT GREECE

A symposium complementing the exhibition "The Art of Ancient Greek Theater" and the production of Sophocles' "Elektra"

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2010

September 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES—Artists and Actors: Iconography and Performance in Ancient Greece considers the artistic evidence for dramatic performance in ancient Athens as well as Greek and local settlements in southern Italy. This two-day symposium complements the major loan exhibition The Art of Ancient Greek Theater, on view at the Getty Villa through January 3, 2011, and the outdoor theater production of Sophocles' Elektra.

Drawing on objects featured in the exhibition, distinguished international scholars investigate the historical context for theatrical performance and its relation to the creation of some of the most vivid art from the ancient world. Topics include the analysis of theatrical iconography; the relationship between workshops that produced theater-related imagery in Athens and southern Italy; the dissemination of vases from Athens and the Greek colonies to Italic settlements, where most have been found; ancient methods of staging and the depiction of props; and the nature of masked acting.

The symposium concludes with "Directing Elektra: Sophocles for the Contemporary Stage," a conversation about the Getty Villa's production of Sophocles' Elektra with director Carey Perloff of the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, Helene Foley of Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, and associate curator of antiquities Mary Louise Hart of the J. Paul Getty Museum, curator of The Art of Ancient Greek Theater.

Artists and Actors: Iconography and Performance in Ancient Greece takes place on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, 2010, at the Getty Villa Auditorium. Advanced registration is required, and the fee is $15 per day, $10 per day for students. To make reservations, visit www.getty.edu/museum/symposia/artistsandactors.html or call (310) 440-7300. A limited number of tickets for "Directing Elektra: Sophocles for the Contemporary Stage" on September 25 at 3:00 p.m. are available as a separate event and are free of charge.


SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE


Friday, September 24, 2010 — Getty Villa, Auditorium

Day One: Iconography and Interpretation

9:00 a.m.: Check-in opens


Morning Session

9:30 a.m.: Welcome: David Bomford, J. Paul Getty Museum
Introductory remarks & moderator: Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum

Images of the Greek Theater and Images of Greek Myths in the Guise of Theater
Ralf Krumeich, Institute for Art History and Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany

Satyrs on Stage: Figures and Fictions
Francois Lissarrague, Centre Louis Gernet, Paris, France

Break

Dancing Dolphins: Choral Cultures between Image and Ritual
Barbara Kowalzig, Royal Holloway, University of London, England

Out of Her Shell: Staging the Birth of Helen in Athens and South Italy
H. Alan Shapiro, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Discussion

1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break/Exhibition Viewing


Afternoon Session

2:30 p.m.: Moderator: Michael Walton, University of Hull, England

Rediscovering an Athenian Witness to Comic Art: The Phanagoria Chorus
Jeffrey Rusten, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Greek Theater for Non-Greeks: Visual Evidence from Fourth-Century B.C. Apulia
T. H. Carpenter, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Break

"The players are come, my lord": How Did Tragedy Travel in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C.E.?
Oliver Taplin, Magdalen College, Oxford, England

Discussion

5:00 p.m.: Reception



Saturday, September 25, 2010 — Getty Villa, Auditorium

Day Two: Actors and Performance

9:00 a.m.: Check-in


Morning Session

9:30 a.m.: Welcome: Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum
Moderator: Oliver Taplin, Magdalen College, Oxford, England

Monuments of Actors and Choregoi of the Greek Theater
Hans R. Goette, German Archaeological Institute, Berlin, and the University of Giessen, Germany

Masks, Performance, and Typologies
C.W. Marshall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Break

Theorizing Props: Greek Theater-Related Vase Paintings, Comparator Traditions, and the Analysis of Stage Objects
Martin Revermann, University of Toronto, Canada

Performance Perspectives Michael Walton, University of Hull, England

Discussion

1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break/Exhibition Viewing


Afternoon Session

3:00 p.m.: Directing Elektra: Sophocles for the Contemporary Stage
Director Carey Perloff and Professor Helene Foley discuss the Getty Villa's staging of Elektra and the process of adapting Sophocles' tale of revenge for modern audiences with Mary Louise Hart, associate curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Desiree Zenowich
Getty Communications
(310) 440-7304
dzenowich@getty.edu

Beth Laski
Getty Communications
(818) 986-1105
blaski@getty.edu

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The predominant focus of the Villa's public programming is on theater, rooted in Greek and Roman plays of antiquity. A major production is presented each fall in the outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater. The Villa Theater Lab, a series that acts as an incubator for the development of new works in the classical canon, is featured each winter and spring in the Auditorium.