Our premiere performance of Plato's Ion streamed live on July 10th and 17th at 8 PM, and July 18th at 2 PM. All times EDT.
Are great performances the result of great skill, or great inspiration? Do actors create powerful feelings in their audiences by skill, or do they channel a higher power? Modern actors spend decades of their lives and thousands of dollars perfecting their technique, but also speak of the magic of theatre, and performance as sacred. In Ion, Socrates attempts to learn the secrets of how Ion, the greatest rhapsode in Greece, leaves audiences enchanted and enthralled with his performances of The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Written by Plato around 380 BC, Ion is one of Plato's shortest dialogues, and the only dialogue where Plato addresses the arts exclusively.
The running time of Ion is about 40 minutes.
Agora Theoria creates performances of philosophical dialogues in order to create critical and theatrical interest in philosophical dialogues as a model of discourse and knowledge production. We believe these works can be some of the best ways to humanize philosophy, and create marketplaces of ideas in our communities.
Agora Theoria aspires to give new life to the form of the philosophical dialogue. We hope to generate new interest in exploring classical dialogues as understandable primarily through the spoken word, and to inspire our contemporary philosophers to explore the dialogic model of reasoning and discourse in their own work.
Agora Theoria seeks a more just and free world, and we are committed to creating equitable, diverse, and inclusive environments in our practice. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with Asian-American and Asian communities who are being targeted by an escalating series of racist attacks. We believe that there is no room for racism, bigotry, or ethnocentricity in a free society, and we condemn those who have mobilized the works of classical antiquity in service of white supremacy and northwest European ethnocentrism. We are all equally the inheritors of these texts and traditions. It is our belief and hope that making these philosophical works more accessible may help achieve those ends by encouraging a greater diversity in their critical readings and commentaries.