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Day 1: Athens Arrival
Welcome to the birthplace of Theater and home to some of the most ancient theaters in the world!  In Ancient Athens, theater was considered to be the most significant form of art.The stories that were performed in front of the public incorporated elements of poetry, dance, music and acting. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will have a brief orientation meeting followed by dinner.

Day 2: Acropolis –Roman Odeon of Herod Atticus, Theater of Dionysus
Travel back in time as we climb up to visit the Acropolis with its many monuments atop and admire from above the Roman Odeon of Herod Atticus built in 161 AD with its 5,000 seats. We continue to the Theatre of Dionysus, the birthplace of Greek tragedy and the first theatre built of stone where Aeschylus’, Sophocles’ tragedies and Aristophanes’ comedies were performed. Our tour continues with a panoramic bus ride to the highlights of modern Athens. Later students will have the unique opportunity to watch an ancient Greek performance in English at “Topos Allou Theater.  Afterwards, they can meet with the actors in a friendly atmosphere and discuss with them about the performance, ancient tragedy and other various theatrical artistic subjects.

Day 3: Mask Making & Acting workshop (choice)
Today we enjoy an ancient mask making workshop and have the option of one of the below workshops:

Animating the Mask after the construction we can continue with a theater activity animating the mask using a text given beforehand. The text will be from a chorus of a tragedy and a few lines will be given to each participant. The director will take you on stage and then have a presentation following the workshop.
  1. Aristophanean Comedy- We will construct a comedy mask and then work on authentic text from Aristophanean Comedy. You will be introduced to the characters of the individual roles as well as the significance of the Chorus roles. Participants will speak, act, move and dance on a specific scene of an Aristophanes comedy. This workshop is designed to introduce students to the entire theater procedure (stage designing, costumes, accessories and lights will be provided by the professional director and stage designer).
  2. Action and conflict in ancient Tragedy –Learn the method of acting in Ancient Greek Tragedy. Participants will be involved in an actor’s procedure and will perform certain roles. The text and the characters derive from collaboration between our theater and the professors. Again the theater will take place on the stage and costume elements needed as well as all accessories. The workshop will take the form of a stage rehearsal and in the end the students will have completed a performance of about 10 minutes to present to their professors along with lights and music.

Day 4: Theatrical Production & Game of Theater
We will return again to the theatre today and enjoy watching a production. We will then participate in the Game of Theater. The interactive game is played with the audience and the stage, presented by actors. Through the game, participants learn the World Theater history from buildings, to the way actors dressed, their costumes and masks during the various theater ages. Learn about the plays, the writers and the dramatic action.

Day 5: Athens - Delphi
Travel to Delphi, centre of the Ancient world, the "omphalos" (navel) of the earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Theatre, built 2,500 years ago seating 5,000 people. We visit the Archaeological Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.

Day 6: Ancient Corinth - Epidaurus
First stop, the Corinthian Canal, a four miles narrow cut of land, connecting the waters of the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulfs. At ancient Corinth we see all of the Greek and Roman sites: the Agora, Temple of Apollo, Roman Odeon, Bema and Gallio’s Seat, the Theatre, modified in the 3rd century AD so water could be piped in and mock sea battles staged. Continue on to visit Epidaurus: the Sanctuary of Asclepius, ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient Theatre in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its remarkable acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people.

Day 7: Tolo – Argos - Athens
Visit the theater of Argos, built in the 3rd century BC with a capacity of approximately 20,000, probably amongst the largest ancient theatres in Greece. Nestling in the southeastern side of the castle hill, so as to be linked to the agora, it overlooked the ancient city and was visible from the Argolis gulf. It was built during the Hellenistic period, in the early third century BC and replaced the oldest theatre of the town, which lied about 100m to the south and was built in the fifth century BC. After our visit we begin our ride back to Athens.

Day 8 (Friday): Piraeus/Lavrion - Mykonos
Today we embark on our 3-night cruise to the Greek islands and Turkey. Visit Mykonos and enjoy free time to stroll at leisure through the whitewashed winding alleyways, climbing to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of «Little Venice» to the well-known windmills. Overnight on board.

Day 9 (Saturday): Kusadasi, Turkey - Patmos
In the morning we arrive at Kusadasi, Turkey starting point for our guided excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them the Temple of Hadrian, the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus to the grand Theater, the largest in Anatolia with capacity of 24,000 seats. In the afternoon we sail to Patmos a beautiful mysterious rocky island where the exiled Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation. Enjoy free time on this island for browsing or swimming or join one of the optional tours. Evening sailing to Heraklion, Crete.

Day 10 (Sunday): Heraklion - Santorini
Arrive in Heraklion, Crete and join the optional guided shore-excursion to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur or enjoy time exploring the town on your own. Late afternoon we will reach the island of Santorini. Take the cable-car up to the white-washed town of Fira; perched high on the rim of the ancient volcano, the eruptions of which in 1,600 BC literally buried a flourishing Bronze Age town which has now been excavated at Akrotiri. Or you can join one of the optional shore excursions to visit the most picturesque village of Oia or sailing on the Caldera.

Day 11 (Monday): Piraeus/Lavrion Arrival & Athens Departure
Upon arrival, transfer to Athens International Airport for your departure flight.

Be curious, follow your intuition, expect bumps, notice your own and others’ needs, claim time and space, be in the moment, allow mistakes, enjoy….

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