Revolt Athens - Synopsis Award-winning Revolt Athens relates criticism and poetry avoiding radical “in-your-face” political discourse. Rejecting the flat, washed out image οf Greece’s capital, it presents istead a
Revolt Athens – Synopsis
Award-winning Revolt Athens relates criticism and poetry avoiding radical “in-your-face” political discourse. Rejecting the flat, washed out image οf Greece’s capital, it presents istead a city (Athens) bursting with life. In Revolt Athens, the three-piece, politically-minded cast offers insights into post-crisis Greece.
In ODC Ensemble’s unique city guide, activist communities are framed in terms of Greece’s wider history; intertwined with figures of Greek mythology, tear gas-choked riots against government austerity cutbacks. Combining actors, video footage and music, the performance is a multi-faceted window into the living and breathing reality of a place.
Performers: Roza Prodromou, Telemachos Mousas, Pantelis Makkas
Awards: First Prize Award for the REP, Birmingham at the BE Festival 201.
Presented for the European Parliament for Culture in 2017
Duration: 1 hr
For more: https://elli.site/projects/revolt-athens/
The Cave Synopsis
The Cave is a cyper punk music theatre performance on a popular theme: The Matrix; a contemporary reinterpretation of Plato’s famous “Cave” allegory, where shadow puppetry, new media, visuals and music are all performed in real time by a cast of five.
In Plato’s allegory people are chained in a cave from where they can only see the shadows of the outside world. In so doing, they interpret “reality” through this optics of the shadows. The cave reveals how the two-dimensional vision of a three-dimensional life translates in today’s realities in misconceptions that we may have regarding what’s going on, as for example in the domains of politics, of society and of course ethics.
In the intersection of reality and fantasy, material & immaterial, with an emphasis on the exploration of self-truth, the Cave draws from a variety of music genres and is performed as a stream of real-time cinematography. The staged transcription of Plato’s philosophical text is interwoven with intertextual adds, Socrates is rendered as a robot’s voice, a sarcastic implication that runs throughout the performance.
- Be Festival for Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK) 3-7 July 2018
- Copenhagen Opera Festival, Folketeatret (DK) 7 August 2018
- Aalborg Operafestival (DK) Teater Nordkraft 9 & 10 August 2018
- Workshop in Aalborg, School of Art 10 August 2018
- The Athens Concert Hall, Megaron (GR) 9 & 10 October 2018
- Operadagen Festival (NL) 19 May 2019
About the ODC ensemble:
Founded in 2002, ODC Ensemble has made more than 20 works for theatre, dance, film and media, all directed by Elli Papakonstantinou. Among recent artistic achievements, the company has been proud winner of the “Music Theater Now 2018” International competition and also the “First Award Prize at the BE Festival for the REP”, Birmingham, UK. It has been supported by The Greek Ministry of Culture, the Arts Council of Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden.
Elli Papakonstantinou creates live performances with an emphasis on opera, new dramaturgy and new media. While revisiting the classics in immersive experiences that involve multiple actors of the community, her art connects notions of myth, politics and major narratives of our days. Papakonstantinou has been commissioned by European Capitals of Culture “Valetta18” (Malta), “Eleusis21” (Greece) and ‘Pafos17’ (Cyprus) and has presented her work for the European Parliament for Culture in 2017. Her creations tour internationally, including representing Greece at PQ (official Hellenic participation Prague Quadrennial 2015). Papakonstantinou shaped her ideas from the civic movements that emerged in Greece during the economic crisis. She holds a BA from the School of Arts, University of Thessaloniki (GR) and an MA and M.Phil from Royal Holloway, University of London (U.K.).
Her latest work Oedipus: Sex with Mum premiered at Stanford University, USA in Spring 2019. She is also commissioned a new opera piece to be presented in late 2019 at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial in Austria.
Selected reviews of The Cave
★★★★★ …A veritable bombardment of all senses. Eye, ear and not least brain fought to keep up. It’s strange and beautiful, ugly and cloudy….like everyone else in the chamber, I was blown away.” Bent Stenbakken, nordjyske.dk
★★★★★★ …the piece redefines the meaning of contemporary musical theatre with a social message away from any reference to prosaic complaints. A substantial aesthetic event.” Dimitris Tsatsoulis, greek-theatre.gr
★★★★★ “An amazing cyber-punk new opera.” LIFO
★★★★★★ “One of the best representatives of Greek avant-garde, Elli Papakonstantinou, never seizes to surprise us.” Maria Kryou, ATHINORAMA
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