Talk by Dan Starling

Sep 15, 2015



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


7:30 p.m.


While in residence at Western Front, Dan Starling shared his research investigating the chorus, a character in Ancient Greek tragedy that has been largely absent from contemporary popular media. The program illustrated Starling’s investigation into Greek theatre, as well as the progression and loss of the chorus as a figure that embodies public debate. With an underpinning of psychoanalytic theory and following a Frankfurt School methodology of deconstruction, subjects under discussion followed the chorus through experimental theatre works of Richard Scheckner to question its potential role today, arriving at a high point of contemporary tragedy: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Starling’s presentation concluded with a question and answer period.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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