Over the past two millennia, Phaedra has inspired drama, poetry, painting, sculpture, film, opera, and dance. Since the production of Euripides’s tragedy Hippolytus in 428 B.C., Phaedra’s story continues to appear in innumerable guises.
“Myth in Transformation: The Phaedra Project” brings together artists, scholars, and students from Princeton and beyond to engage creatively with Phaedra’s many instantiations. During the 2013/14 academic year, the myth will be featured in an interdisciplinary series of events that include theatrical productions, talks by invited speakers, musical performances, film screenings, recitations, courses, and a symposium of artists and scholars. “Myth in Transformation” engages with the diversity of creative and scholarly responses to the myth.
A screening of Jules Dassin’s film Phaedra (1962) on September 24 and of the Wooster Group’s performance of To You, the Birdie! will kick off the year-long exploration of Phaedra’s many forms. Join us!
Léon Bakst, drawing for the costume of a lady’s maid at the court of Phaedra in Hippolytus, 1902, 29 x 31 cm. Private collection.
Phaedra in Film
from September 24th
through December 3rd
Phaedra in Film covers cinematic approaches to the myth ranging from Delbert Mann’s adaptation of Desire Under the Elms
through Roger Vadim’s reworking of Emile Zola’s La Curée
. Films will be screened in the Rocky/Mathey theater at 7:30 pm on September 24, October 15, October 22, November 5, November 19 and December 3.
The Wooster Group
Friday, Oct 4 at 4:30
the James Stewart Theater
The Wooster Group's OBIE-winning production of "To You, The Birdie (Phèdre)," Paul Schmidt's version of Racine's Phèdre, re-set in a mobile modernist landscape, followed by a talk-back with director Elizabeth LeCompte and members of the cast.
Our thanks to the generous co-sponsors
who are making this project possible:
The Council of the Humanities
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Lewis Center for the Arts
The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies
University Center for Human Values
The Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Department of Comparative Literature
The Department of Classics
The Department of French and Italian
The Program in European Cultural Studies
, 1902, 28.7 x 40.8 cm, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg.
by Euripides, 1902. State Gallery of Armenia.