Theodoros Terzopoulos is a Greek director. He was born in Makrygialos Pierias, Greece (a village of the northwest of the Aegean sea) and lived there as a child. When he finished high school he moved to Athens to study at Kostas Michailis’ Drama School (1965 – 1967) with Giorgos Sevastikoglou, Leonidas Trivizas, and Kostos Mihailidis. From 1972 to 1975 he moved to Germany to continue his studies at the Berliner Ensemble university next to Ruth Berghaus, Manfrent Bekbert, Ekkehard Saal and Heiner Muller. There, he experienced the Bauhaus philosophy that allowed him to create a schematic view towards movement cognition that is maintained until today.
He returned to Greece and from 1981 to 1983 he worked as a director of Drama School at the National Theatre of Northern Greece (N.T.N.G – Κ.Θ.Β.Ε.). In 1985 and for the next three years he was the art director at the International Meeting on Ancient Drama in Delphi. There, he met various important theater artists (Heiner Muller, Tadashi Suzuki, Robert Wilson, Andrei Serban, Walsh Soginka, Min Tanaka, etc.) that gave him the chance to discover a new approach in the area of ancient drama.
He was also a founding member of the International Institute of Mediterranean with an involvement of another 22 Mediterranean countries. His new approach was applied to “Vachais” performance that was presented in summer of 1986. Terzopoulos’ performance on “Vakhai” met a great success and was also awarded in the Malaga Fesival.
In 1985 Terzopoulos founded ATTIS and created various performances not only in Greece but also abroad. (1650 performances abroad in 23 years). ATTIS group used a working technique based on ancient tragedy. This technique has been taught to various departments of classical studies at 30 universities worldwide. Since 1993 he is Chairman of the International Theatre Olympiad Committee (D.E.TH.O.).
In 1995 Terzopoulos directed a project named “Crossing the millennium” where he reformed various artists’ works (Yuri Lioumpimof, Anatoly Vasilyev, Other Demidova, Robert Wilson, Tadashi Suzuki, Nuri Vesper etc). That event was created to support the first theatrical Olympics in Delphi. In 2005 he founded the International Meeting on Ancient Drama at Sicyon, which he called “Skotos Emon Faos” (Σκότος εμόν Φάος). The 2nd International Meeting on Ancient Drama takes place in 2006, called “Kathodos” (Κάθοδος). The 2nd International Meeting on Ancient Drama, “Kathodos” (Κάθοδος), took place in 2006. Theodoros Terzopoulos has received many theatrical awards both in Greece and abroad. Theatrical books have also been published and translated into various languages (German, Russian, Spanish and Turkish) concerning ATTIS group.
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