THE RETURN OF DIONYSOS. Tribute to Theodoros Terzopoulos, 5-8 July 2018


The European Cultural Centre of Delphi organises as from July 5 to 8, 2018, a tribute to the renowned theatre director Theodoros Terzopoulos THE RETURN OF DIONYSOS, powered by the Onassis Cultural Centre. 

Theodoros Terzopoulos has been the Artistic Director of the International Meetings on Ancient Drama, organised in the past by the European Cultural Centre of Delphi. THE RETURN OF DIONYSOS will focus on the work of Theodoros Terzopoulos as well as on the method he has introduced and developed over the last 32 years. It will provide participants the opportunity to revisit some of his most acclaimed works, from the emblematic Bacchae, which premiered on 17 June 1986 at the Ancient Stadium of Delphi, to the Trojan Women, shown on 7 July 2017 at the Pafos Ancient Odeon as a production of "Pafos 2017-European Capital of Culture".

The Delphi performance is realised with the cooperation of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Phokis.  




Thursday, 5 July 

Official Opening – Keynote speeches

Opening of the photography installation "The Return of Dionysos", by the photographer Johanna Weber and the visual artist and architect Alexandros Kokkinos

Opening of the sound installation “Enopae” by the composer and music teacher Panayiotis Velianitis


Friday, 6 July :

THE RETURN OF DIONYSOS - Demonstration of Terzopoulos’ Method of Work



Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 July 

Euripides' Trojan Women. Theatre performance at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi

With the support of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Phokis


Saturday, 7 and Sunday 8 July

International Symposium “THE RETURN OF DIONYSOS. From Bacchae to Trojan Women


Speakers : Anatoly Vasiliev, director (Russia), Eugenio Barba, director (Denmark), Jaroslaw Fret, Director of the Grotowski Institute (Poland), Despina Bebedeli actress (Cyprus), Freddy Decreus, University of Ghent, (Belgium), Hans Thies Lehman, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.(Germany), Eleni Varopoulou, theatre critic (Greece-Germany), Vassilis Papavassiliou, actor-director (Greece), Frank Raddatz, dramaturg (Germany), Konstantinos Arvanitakis, McGill University, (Canada), Gonia Jarema, University of Montreal (Canada), Dikmen Gürün, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (Turkey), Kim Jae Kyoung, University Chung-Ang (Corea), Santanu Bosè, National School of Drama (India), Dimitris Tsatsoulis, University of Patras (Greece), George Sampatakakis  University of Patras (Greece), Katerina Arvaniti, University of Patras (Greece), Iliana Dimadi, Dramaturg, Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), Marika Thomadaki, University of Athens (Greece), Maria Marangou, Art critic-Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete (Greece),Penelope Chatzidimitriou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Avra Sidiropoulou, Open University of Cyprus, Panayiotis Velianitis, composer-music teacher (Greece), Βlanka Ζizka, Artistic Director, The Wilma Theater (USA).


Sunday, 8 July


Baritone:Dimitris Tiliakos 

Piano: Yiannis Tsanakaliotis



Film screening

Documentary films

The journey of Dionysos (1986), dir. Loukia Rikaki

In the traces of Argonauts (1989), dir. Loukia Rikaki

Theater Encomium (2010), dir. Dimitris Trikas



Bacchae by Euripides (1986), video by Loukia Rikaki

Persians by Aeschylus (1992)

Heracles by Heiner Müller (1997)

Triptych by Samuel Beckett (2004)

Prometheus bound by Aeschylus (2010) video by Wiebke Pöpel

Alarme (based on the correspondence between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth A, 2010) video by Chrysanthi Badeka