A Conversation with my Drama Games Encourager & Mentor

So far, we’ve already established what drama games are and I have presented some of the exercises and performances I’ve done with my group yet in this post I’d like to speak about a conversation I had with my drama games mentor Aphrodite Parzakoni, Director, Drama Teacher & Drama Games Encourager. During that conversation, she explained how she was introduced to theatre games, what they are to her now, what drama games can do for a person and many more things which I find very interesting, thus I’d like to share them with you.

Αφροδίτη Παρζακώνη, Afroditi Parzakoni2Aphrodite started her professional career with several jobs seemingly irelevant, with theatre games. From studying logistics at Saint George University and jumping from one art school to another, until she finally settled in the department of pre-school education. Then, as if by magic, she discovered drama games in a 4 day seminar where she attended a lecture by a “man with an incredible aura”, professor Lakis Kouretzis, the man who invented the Theatre/Drama Games experiential method or else “Playing through Theatre” and introduced it in Greece.

That was the time when mesmerized by Lakis Kouretzis’ lecture she decided that she definitely needed to come in touch with that person. With the encouragement of her mother she started studying theatre games however she did not uncover the magic of that first lecture, until her final year of studies.

Αφροδίτη Παρζακώνη, Afroditi ParzakoniHer ultimate commitment to drama games was established through an act she performed during the Holy days of Easter in 1995 when she revealed her passion on stage in the company of a “green ribbon”, one that binds her, body and soul to the theatre games to this very day.

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Marcel Marceau – “The Mask Maker”

In my previous post, we raised the discussion about “A clown and a suitcase…” We discussed what the definition of a clown is for us, from what material the suitcase could be made, how the suitcase could be and what the clown could have put inside the suitcase. This conversation reminded me one of the best performances of Marcel Marceau, the Master of all Mimes of all times, in “The Mask Maker”; a masterpiece that leaves you speechless….

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A clown and a suitcase…

Hi, Theatre Games friends!

In my two last consecutive posts, as you’ve observed, I talked about the two theatrical performances I took part in the past, namely “BAR – CAT – CODE” and “W.C.: Workshop’s Cast”. It is now understood for everyone, that although the primary objective of a Theatre Games Workshop isn’t to create a theatrical performance but to benefit participants by helping them realizing who they really are and re-discovering interpersonal communication by building stronger interpersonal relationships through: creative playing, dramatization, improvisation, role-playing and pantomime. Often, however, this experimentation and investigation process taking place inside the Workshop may lead to the desire for a more organized theatrical performance.

clownThis year, always loyal to that, we experiment and investigate the wide concept of “Clown”. Aphrodite Parzakoni, our Drama Teacher, has already given us homework assignments, which had to be prepared and presented inside the Workshop, either individually or in subgroups depending on the nature of the assignment. Today I want to talk about the two last assignments, both of which had to be delivered in written form.

  1. “A clown and a suitcase…”clown
  • From what material could the suitcase be made?
  • How could the suitcase be?
  • What could the clown have put inside the suitcase?
  1. “Give your own definition of a clown.”

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