Celebrating Karolos Koun

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The APGRD (University of Oxford) will host a one-day conference with an accompanying exhibition to celebrate the work of Karolos Koun (1908-1987), widely considered to have been the greatest Greek theatre director of modern times. The conference is co-organised with Dr Angeliki Varakis-Martin (University of Kent), with generous support from the Institute of Classical Studies.

The conference will be held in the JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford.



Registration for the day is £20 (student concession £10).

There will be an optional conference dinner at an additional cost of £35.

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10am Coffee and Registration

10:30 am Welcome: Fiona Macintosh (University of Oxford)

Opening Lecture: Chair: Oliver Taplin (University of Oxford)

10.45am: Helen Varopoulou (Berlin), ‘Karolos Koun: Greekness and interculturality’


Panel 1: Chair: Olga Taxidou (University of Edinburgh)

11.30am: Dio Kangelari (Thessaloniki), ‘Karolos Koun and the “popular expressionism”’

12.15pm: George Sampatakakis (Patras), ‘“hunger was hunger…”: Koun’s ideology on acting’


13:00pm: LUNCH and opportunity to view the Exhibition featuring a film by Vouvoula Skoura


Panel 2: Chair: Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol)

3-3.45pm: Gonda Van Steen (Florida), ‘Theatre, politics and money: Koun’s Art Theater and the Greek dictatorship’

3.45-4.30pm: Platon Mavromoustakos (Athens), ‘Karolos Koun between identities, languages and aesthetics’


4.30-5pm: TEA


Panel 3: Chair: Hans-Thies Lehmann (Frankfurt am Main)

5-5.45pm: Eleni Papazoglou (Thessaloniki), ‘Between west and east, character and figure: Koun’s “dark” Electra’

5.45-6.30pm: Angie Varakis-Martin (Kent), ‘“The movement that speaks”: Koun’s masked chorus at the World Theatre Season’

6.30pm Drinks Reception

*8.15pm Optional Conference Dinner

Please feel free to email any queries to: apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk


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Contact name: Claire Kenward

Contact email: apgrd@classics.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all