Celebrating Karolos Koun : a one-day conference

The entire day will now be held in the JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford and will start at the slightly later time of 10am.

On Friday 22 September the APGRD will host a one-day conference with an accompanying exhibition to celebrate the life of the Greek theatre director, Karolos Koun (1908-1987). 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 costs £20 (£10 concession) – this includes lunch, refreshments, and a drinks reception. There will be an optional conference dinner at an additional cost of £35.


10am Coffee and Registration
10.30am Welcome: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford)

Opening Lecture: Chair: Oliver Taplin (Oxford)
10.45-11.30am: Helen Varopoulou (Berlin), ‘Karolos Koun: Greekness and interculturality’

Panel 1: Chair: Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh)
11.30am-12.15pm: Dio Kangelari (Thessaloniki), ‘Karolos Koun and the “popular expressionism”’
12.15-1pm: George Sampatakakis (Patras), ‘“hunger was hunger…”: Koun’s ideology on acting’

1-3pm LUNCH, Exhibition in the foyer of the JdP plus a video 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”: The masked chorus in Koun’s productions of Greek drama

6.30pm Drinks Reception

8pm Conference Dinner (*optional, at additional cost of £35)