Dramaturgy of Desire

Activity Details


4 Days - 2 Hours per Day

15 Participants


21 – 24 September 2020 Everday at 10.00 – 12.00 (UTC +2)

Turkish (Simultaneous English translation)

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The concepts of “mimetic desire” and “scapegoat,” introduced by René Girard, will be discussed in these seminars with reference to the plays “Hamlet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Oedipus,” and “Medea.” These plays will be analysed in light of the questions “Why and how we desire?” and “What is the function of violence in the construction and destruction of culture?” The problematization of these questions is crucially important for an actor.

Instructor Details

Celal Mordeniz was born in 1972. He studied philosophy at Boğaziçi University, did MA and PhD in Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy at İstanbul University. He is the founder and artistic director of both the theatre group Seyyar Sahne (2000) and Tiyatro Medresesi (2012). He gives workshops on acting and “Movement Maqam,” the technique he mainly devised in his PhD thesis entitled “Movement, Action, Dialogue.” He also gives lectures on dramaturgy, based on the analysis of classical plays with reference to the approaches of Réne Girard.

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