Cassandra: logos and katastrophé on the Greek contemporary stage

Gilda Tentorio

Abstract


In Greece, contemporary literature and theatre often resort to myth, above all to the Atrides, when they reflect on their recent history. In the last few years the theatre has been interested in Cassandra, the enigmatic prophetess who is the last witness of the collapse of civilization and visits our present on the weak raft of Memory and Tradition. Ancient Greeks killed her but modern Greeks still need her: in a country severely affected by the crisis, they are unable to describe the catastrophe. The authors focus on the problem of the logos: which language will Cassandra use to talk to XXI century? They also wonder which is her home in the post-mythical and post-modern era. The aim of this paper is to underline the original Greek approach to this mythical character: three paradigmatic plays (Flourakis’ Kassy, 2006; Pontikas’ Neighing, 2009; Dimitriadis’ Annunciation of Cassandra, 2009) employ a frantic, anti-conventional narration in the attempt to find the logos that conveys what can hardly be disclosed. 


Keywords


Cassandra; Theatre; Greece; Crisis; Logos

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