Attis Theatre: Nora - photo: Johanna Weber
Attis Theatre: Nora - photo: Johanna Weber

Founder of Theater Olympics brings Ibsen to Hungary

Nora, the adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A doll’s house by Theodoros Terzopoulos will be presented in Budapest in April 2023.

Attis Theater’s Nora is the adaptation of A doll’s house by Henrik Ibsen, staged by Theodoros Terzopoulos. The play focuses on the three main characters—Nora, Torvald and Krogstad—and on the triangular relationship that forms between them. This approach to the classic work maintains all its meaning while highlighting the essence of conflicting forces, which are represented by the characters, not only via words, but also via an attentive use of physical expression, which often reveals the unconfessed.

Terzopoulos describes his work as a battle between the structured Id—strangled and terrorized—and the true self, fighting to breathe. In the moment that the self takes a breath, it encounters a void. This is the price to pay for self-awareness, and this is the very reason why theatre exists. Nora crosses the boundaries of conventional society and values to explore the unknown and achieve true self-awareness. It is a form of “suicide” that can create the conditions for the emergence of an authentic identity.

Over almost 40 years Theodoros Terzopoulos has presented more than 2200 performances worldwide. His approach to the classic Greek tragedy is part of the curriculum in Theatre Academies and Departments of Classical Studies. He is leading many workshops and lectures about his method, while he is an Emeritus professor in Academies and Universities. Since 2013 he has held the annual international summer workshop “The Return of Dionysus – The Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos” for young artists. Books on his acting method and Attis Theatre have been published in many languages, among them, the book The Return of Dionysus, in which he explains his method.

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