Recording (w/ Screen Captions)
Closed Captioning by Larry Eames.
The performance was preceded by an Introduction by Emma (included in the video above) and followed by a 45-min discussion with some members of the cast and select audience members (not included).
A young person returns to their hometown for the first time in a long time, hoping to find acceptance. When they find the opposite, tempers flare, consequences ensue, and identities are questioned, changed, and dissolved. This translation of Bacchae centers a non-binary/gender non-conforming reading of Dionysus and roots itself in the worlds of gender, grief, and the family unit.
Directed & Translated by Emma Pauly
Dionysus: Sarah “Sam” Saltiel
Pentheus: Claudio Sansone
Agave: Samantha Fenno
Kadmos: Lynn Fitzgerald
Tiresias: Eric Q. Vanderwall
Chorus Leader: Sally Rose Zuckert
First Messenger/Chorus: Hannah Halpern
Second Messenger/Chorus: Amber Ace
Soldier/Chorus: Jack Chelgren
In our first meeting of the Lyric Spaces reading group (now suspended due to COVID-19) we read Simonides’ Danae Fragment (543 Page). See this handout from Aoidoi for the Greek text with lots of helpful notes.
Don Harmon has since produced the following translation–hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
In these dark times, join our informal Homer discussion group. We will meet over Zoom, usually every week, for about an hour. Times may vary to accommodate different time zones and to give everyone a chance to join in on the fun!
Come meet new colleagues, and invite your friends. For time/date and Zoom info please see our UofC listserv for announcements, or check us out on twitter @rhetpoet! (PS You don’t have to be affiliated to participate!)
Classics 21, Thurs 27 February 3.30-5ish
This informal seminar seeks to provoke writers and scholars from across the University by asking them to respond to a lyric poem from antiquity. We hope such responses may take the form of collaborative projects—on any scale—creating vigorous dialogues between disciplines, and between individuals who might not otherwise find an opportunity to work together over their (undisclosed) shared interests. Such disclosures may lead to creative translation, transformation, appropriation, and the derailment of standard academic practices—and ultimately to a reflection on the pervasive and sometimes corrosive position of classical literature in the Humanities.
Our fuel for the first meeting will be Simonides’ “Danae Fragment.” A Greek text and an English translation are provided, but the seminar is specifically designed with readers and writers of English in mind. Scholars of Greek are invited, on the condition that they begin to forget their Greek. Maximal and minimal pairings appreciated. Bring enthusiasm and rhythm. Learned lectures will not be provided, but refreshments will abound.
Please circulate to anyone of interest—particularly to creative writers, translators, and performers. Due to funding constraints, participants are asked to provide their own pen and pencil(s). The organizers are happy to make accommodations for anyone interested in attending—feel free to contact Claudio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the documents: https://voices.uchicago.edu/
Thursday, October 3rd — Emily Austin (UChicago)
“The Other Iliad: Narrative Reversals and the Human Condition”
Thursday, October 17th — Andrew Horne (UChicago)
“Terence on Human Nature”
*Tuesday*, October 29th — Edward Harris (Edinburgh)
“Supplication in Athenian Tragedy: Law, Ritual and Dramatic Structure”
(This meeting will be cosponsored with the Ancient Societies Workshop; note the unusual date)
Thursday, October 31st — Barbara Kowalzig (NYU)
Thursday, November 7th — Claudio Sansone (UChicago)
“A Homeric Poetics of Exclusion”
Thursday, November 21st — David Williams (UChicago)
“Blumenberg’s ‘Comedy of Pure Theory’ and Aristophanes’ Clouds“
(This meeting will be cosponsored with the Literature and Philosophy Workshop)
All meetings will take place in Classics 21 at 3:30pm.