Then on to more Bacchae. Here's that pithy quote we liked last week in the original Greek (which, in a joint effort, the class managed to read out loud):
Talk sense to a fool and he'll call you foolish.
(And, yes, that would be a pretty big tattoo, Kacper!). We read the scene where Dionysus addresses his Bacchants, the women he's lured onto the mountainside. Some of us had a go at reading wearing a mask, and we discussed why masks were used. All of this is great preparation for next week, when we're going to be making our Bacchae masks. The class have all been allocated a character for which they have to create a design that communicates clearly who the character is. Here's a summary to help you:
Dionysus: I think Lorenze's description was spot-on, but let me paraphrase. He's good-looking and muscly. Probably wearing some vine-leaf crown.
Tiresias: Old, blind seer (i.e. can tell the future).
Cadmus: Theban elder, thinks Pentheus is being an idiot.
Pentheus: Young, arrogant, uptight King of Thebes.
The Chorus of Bacchants: Women gone a bit wild. Probably haven't brushed hair/had a wash in a while. Possibly a bit drunk. Like a dance. Gaga over Dionysus.
Agave: Pentheus' mum, one of the Bacchants. Like chorus but bit older.
Pentheus' severed head: (lucky you, whoever got this one). Gory blood-fest.
Here are some pictures for inspiration. Don't feel you have to stick to an Ancient Greek style: many cultures create amazing masks. But make sure the characteristics are clear.
|a selection of Ancient Greek masks|
|Creepy Japanese Noh mask|
|Sinister, iconic mask from 'V for Vendetta'|
|Modern 'wild woman' mask|