Greek chorus in The Bacchai at the National Theatre

Robert Thicknesse on reconstructing an ancient Greek chorus

Around the year 540 B.C, secular myths were added to Greek theater. As a result, the dialogue of actors became gradually more important, and the chorus reduced from as many as 50 people to 15 people.

Traditional Greek chorus masks by Thanos Vovolis.  The chorus would often wear a uniform mask to show that they are representing one person.

Costume Ideas for the Chorus: Traditional Greek chorus masks by Thanos Vovolis. The chorus would often wear a uniform mask to show that they are representing one person. Main characters in this show should have their own personal masks.

Masks for The Oresteia, 1981. These masks were designed by Jocelyn Herbert for the Greek play The Oresteia by Aeschylus.

Masks designed by Jocelyn Herbert for the Greek play The Oresteia by Aeschylus.

2:40 Greek Choruses in Pop Culture - YouTube

2:40 Greek Choruses in Pop Culture - YouTube

Here’s an exercise to try in the drama classroom which will help students to understand and explore the Greek chorus.

Here’s an exercise to try in the drama classroom which will help students to understand and explore the Greek chorus.

Beniamin Citkowski, with the Greek Chorus, in Phaedra.© K Mystkowski. (Click image for larger version)

Beniamin Citkowski, with the Greek Chorus, in Phaedra. (Click image for larger version)

Ravishing ... Iphigenie auf Tauris by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

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