Institute for Mediterranean Studies

METOPO

Aspects of the theatrical landscape: the travels of foreign actors in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Fermentations and interactions between East and West

The aim of this research project is to trace, record and process the landscapes of the wandering actors and actresses in the wider Mediterranean region and the Black Sea and to investigate the artistic and cultural interactions between the Greek and the European theatre from about mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth.

Action: Mediterranean Landscapes of Culture: cultural landscapes of the past in the  Mediterranean (METOPO)
Funding: “Strategic Development of Research and Technological Institutions" / NSRF 2014-2020 (EPAnEK-Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation).
Principal Investigator: Marinos Sariyiannis
Theatre Research Team coordinator: Constantina Georgiadi
Research Team: Marilou Nikolaou, Marianna Tziraki

The Greek peninsula, at the crossroads of East and West, constituted a standard traveling destination for a remarkable number of artists of international reputation during the nineteenth century. Already in the mid-nineteenth century, famous Western actors began to include Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople, Alexandria and Cairo in their tours, transferring their artistic experience and practice, their repertoire, their stage and acting skills. European artists such as Adelaide Ristori, Ernesto Rossi, Coquéline, Sarah Bernard, Eleonora Duse, Mouné Sully, André Antoine and a number of equal or less important theater practicians of the European theater, mainly Italian, German and French, were presented on the Greek stage from about mid-nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth. The aim of this research project is to trace, record and process the landscapes of the wandering actors and actresses in the wider Mediterranean region and the Black Sea and to investigate the artistic and cultural interactions between the Greek and the European theatre.

Relevant publications

Constantina Georgiadi, “Shakespearean actor Ernesto Rossi in the Southern Balkan Peninsula: the reception of his craftsmanship in the Modern Greek State”, Etudes Balkaniques  4 (2014) 115-137.

Project Team

Marinos Sariyannis

Research Director, Department Coordinator of Ottoman History
Curriculum vitae

Constantina Georgiadi

Principal Researcher, Department Coordinator Theatre and Film Studies
Curriculum vitae