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After completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh Olga Taxidou held a Lectureship in Drama at the University of Exeter’s Drama Department for three years, before returning to Edinburgh in 1995, where she has worked since. Her work in theatre and performance studies includes adaptations of Greek tragedies, some of which have been performed. At present she is working on an adaptation of The Bacchae.
Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of theatre history and performance studies, with an emphasis on modernism. In particular her work concentrates on the centrality of performance for the aesthetic and political concerns of modernism. She has published extensively on the work of Edward Gordon Craig and the relationships between Anglophone modernism and the historical avant-garde. She is interested in the relationships between modernist experimentation and tradition, in particular classicism and Hellenism. Within this context her worked has focused on theories of tragedy and how these have been reconfigured within the project of modernity (from Nietzsche to Brecht). At present she is continuing this work with a study on the significance of tragedy and ‘the tragic’ for the historical avant-garde.
Dr Taxidou welcomes research proposals in any areas of modernist theatre and performance (including the historical avant-garde), modernist revisions/adaptations of classics, gender and performance
This article was published on Nov 26, 2012