Ward Archibald ’17 translates and stages new production of the Bacchae
Ward is working on a complete translation of Euripides’ Bacchae from the original Greek, and staging a new production in Spring 2017 which explores metatheatrical themes, framing the production itself as a ritual which invokes the god. This blends questions of artistry, authorship, divine inspiration, mental health, and Dionysian relationships with the chorus. It involves a chorus – the Dionysian maeanads – choreographed in such a way as to celebrate those styles of dance that involve creating audible rhythm with the body together with choral chant, to create a new version of choral dance. The production will be assistant directed by Classics major Sam Wchsberger ’17 and funded by a Classical Studies Squire grant.