P.I.G.S. / Sotiria
Theatre ENTROPIA is preparing the new international production «P.I.G.S. / Sotiria» (Concept - Director Marilli Mastantoni).
The acronym Ρ.Ι.G.S. (Portugal – Ireland - Greece – Spain), which has been currently being used by bond analysts, investors’ circles and financial commentators as a concise manner of reference to the economically weaker countries of the Eurozone, consists a contemporary version of the historic, sociological phenomenon of the invocation of negative national stereotypes in crucial periods. Its most dangerous expression is the dispute of the human nature of fellow human beings through the verbal violence of "dehumanization".
Using the term as pretext, we will attempt to raise reasonable questions about the maturity of Europe’s political civilization and try to address them in a playful and humorous manner, to investigate the current financial, political and social crisis, to debate the stereotypes of the past and to reflect on our vision for the future.
The final interdisciplinary spectacle “Sotiria”(Salvation / Rescue) will try to examine the notions of History, Identity, the Nature of Violence, the Structures of Power. From the obvious connotations of its title to the underlying metaphors, the artistic teams involved will work in a manner that directly places the artistic process in a social and political context.
Groups and artists in the field of Performing Arts, as well as theorists, activists, thinkers and citizens from different parts of Europe, will be invited to participate in this process, work collaboratively and expose themselves to social interactions.
The Project will be developed through research laboratories, residencies and workspaces in Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Greece, in collaboration with local artists and organizations and will climax in Athens in October 2013.
The final event “SOTIRIA”will include performances, urban interventions, installations and conclude with the international public conference / forum ”Occupy Fantasy!”.
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The innovative “CUT Project” is an international production, on the occasion of the 20 years of Berlin’s Wall fall and the end of the Cold War. ENTROPIA’s Ensemble will try to explore the impact in our lives (microcosm) of the tremendous changes on politics and society (macrocosm).
Through research of various materials, documents, testimonies and personal accounts, improvisations inspired by photos, images, reportages and texts, we’ll attempt to test and grope our own identities in Europe’s new geography, as well as to question the remaining “walls” and “separating lines”.
The project will develop through research and residencies in still “cut” territories (Kosovo, Cyprus, Palestine), as well as Berlin – Germany (a symbolic and important reference), climaxing in presentations-events, and concluding into the final multilingual, interdisciplinary, multimedia performance “DE-FENCES”.
The spectacle (in its first form in-between web installation and performance), will be performed live in Athens, while parallel real-time projected at venues in Berlin, Nicosia, Kosovo via live-streaming on the Internet, where the audience will have the possibility to visually “interact” with the spectacle they’re watching via interfaces that New Technologies offer us. Their responses will appear on a separate screen on the performance’s stage in Athens, thus “contributing” to the spectacle.
The event could also be projected via Internet on giant screens at selected spaces in other cities for their public.
Project’s Plan: A team of artists of Theatre ENTROPIA, (Director – Dramaturge, Assistant Director, Visual Artist, Choreographer), the GUESTS, will visit both sides of the divided territory and reside there for a period of 8 days. There, they’ll be joined by a group of local artists (Visual Artists, Performers, Musicians), proposed by the HOST organization in the area, and have an intensive workshop with them.
The two teams will work collaboratively, collecting material, interviewing people, exploring sounds, impressions, stories and memories, that will lead to site-specific interventions and a public event, as a part of a work-in-progress, open to an invited audience the evening of the 8th day, and followed by a discussion / evaluation.
Work process and presentations will all be filmed and documented, in order to be used as reference material for the next 3 phases of the work:
· A visit and 10-day residency in Athens of the artistic teams involved in the project for the final preparations.
· The premiere of the final performance “DE-FENCES”. At this phase, the publication of a bilingual (English & Greek) catalogue concerning the project and its development will be also completed.
· After a further elaboration, the performance “DE-FENCES” will be transformed into a multimedia production, enriched by the materials and experiences gathered during the previous phases of work, with the intention to tour internationally in various Theatres and Festivals.
Project Activities – Time Overview:
- W. Bank Residency / Public Event: 18-25/09/2009 [completed in collaboration with AL-HARAH Theatre (www.alharah.org) based in Beit Jala, Bethlehem]
- Berlin Residency / Public Event: 6-14/11/2009 [completed in collaboration with Art Centre TACHELES, Mitte (www.tacheles.de)]
- Nicosia Residency: 21-27/03/2010 [completed in collaboration with Art Space AESCHYLOS ARCADE (http://stoaaeschylou.blogspot.com/)]
- Kosovo Residency: 23-27/04/2010
- Athens Final Workshop: 2-12/05/2010 [hosted by Theatre ENTROPIA (www.theatre-entropia.gr)]
- “DE-FENCES”’ premiere: 13-15/05/2010
“DE-FENCES” multimedia performance available for touring: June 2010
“War is a matter of intelligence and stupidity. A genocide is a matter of the degeneration of intelligence.”
Theatre ENTROPIA presented in 2008 its new production “Genocide” for a limited number of performances at non-conventional theatre spaces in Athens.
21.15 at KYPSELI’S MUNICIPAL MARKET
TUESDAY 27/05 - MONDAY 2/06
21.15, at the outdoor space of METALLOURGEIO
The multi-media performance is a result of the dramaturgical composition & elaboration of texts on the dark and irrational phenomenon of Genocide, inspired by the two formidable books by the French journalist, Jean Hatzfeld, about the massacres in Rwanda. The books are both a study and a rare documentation – with authentic, first-person narratives and confessions by the survivors, as well as the killers.
Within the fluid landscape of successive video projections, which refer both to earlier genocides and barbarities suffered today, in a dialectic relation to the extreme physicality of the actors, this contemporary Chorus of the five performers, who constantly alternate in the roles of killers and victims, unfold their stories.
Concept – Dramaturgy - Director: Marilli Mastrantoni
Translations: Marilli Mastrantoni, Ismini Chliova-Bitzani, Thaleia Griva, Anastasia Anastasiadou
Set & Costume Design - Videos: Emmanouela Vogiatzaki-Krukowski
Music: Ilan Manouach
Choreography: Maria-Ioanna Xanthaki
Lighting Design: Aggelos Gounaras
Director’s Assistants: Thaleia Griva, Ismini Chliova-Bitzani
Scenographer’s Assistants: Giorgos Giourelis, Nikos Dalezios, Stella Romanou
Production Assistant: Marianna Boura
Sound Engineer: Alexis Gkikas
Performers: Anna Garefalaki, Makis Kyrlis, Eugenia Manolika, Natassa Paschali, Grigoris Serbis
In the video installations participate: Christoforos Dikas, Marilli Mastrantoni and the journalist Giorgos Avgeropoulos
Photographs: Takis Vekopoulos
The Theatre Company ENTROPIApresented successfully for the first time in Greece (Theatre CHOROROES, 2004) the play “GO GO GO” by the American playwright Juliana Francis. The show was selected and performed at the 4th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS in Kiel, Germany (November 2004).
Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Erysichthon, who due to impiety was condemned by goddess Demeter to insatiable hunger and reached the point of selling his own daughter in order to continue the endless food consumption, the playwright elaborates on the delicate issue of children’s sexual abuse, as well as the general abuse of the feminine body through its pornographic image and its commercialization as a consumption item.
A powerful, highly physical and visual monologue, evolving through the relationship of the actress with the video-installations, in an aesthetically contemporary performance, that matches Technology with Theatre, in a dynamic and interactive environment.
Translation: Athena Paraponiari
Director – Cast: Marilli Mastrantoni
Set & Costume Designer: Panagiota Kokkorou
Music: Iakovos Drossos
Choreography: Konstantinos Michos
Lighting Designer & Videos: George Giannelis
Cast in video-installations: Katia Gerou, Ektor Kaloudis, Kallirohe Miriagou, Eva Stylander, Alexandros Kamarineasand the directorChristos Dimas
Photographs: Takis Diamantopoulos