Director’s Notebooks and Prompt Books
The notebooks collection includes handwritten and typed scripts, notebooks (with inset published pages) and books with inset annotation pages and annotated scripts.
These are mostly director’s notebooks and prompt books as well as translations. Moreover, there are several handwritten and typed pages of notes, pertaining mainly to play translations and stagings. They contain personal directorial and dramaturgical notes, intonation, linguistic and translational notes but also extracts of theoretical texts which were integrated in the director’s personal research.
Connection to performances was established according to performance history and the cast and chronological information found in the archive. The greatest part of the collection has been digitized and documented.
Documents - Personal items
The collection of documents and personal items includes personal and professional documents which are relevant to management and finance, analytical tables of the theatre companies, awards and various post cards and invitations. Exhibits related to the director’s studies and his activity as a theatre teacher are also included in this collection.
Particularly interesting and notably challenging in terms of classification are the abundant and diverse notes, either rough drafts or neatly written ones, where personal matters co-exist with professional and practical issues of everyday life or with comments and personal judgement; where, for instance, Lessing’s Hamburg Dramaturgy was found next to food recipes and trendy song lyrics.
Various drafts of speeches, lectures and articles, not only in Greek but also in French, Spanish and English, also belong in the same collection. They depict Dimitris Rondiri’s theoretical background, his method and his way of thinking, mainly in relation to ancient Greek drama and the Chorus.
The greatest part of the collection has been digitized and is being processed.
Dimitris Rondiris’ correspondence contains personal and professional letters, telegrams and post cards.
It offers evidence on the artist’s personal views as well as his meticulousness in handling procedural matters of show organisation towards the achievement of the desired artistic result. Professional relationships of a long lasting and fruitful career are also reflected in his correspondence together with personal relationships, out of the public eye.
The collection has been digitized and documented in its entirety.