Synopsis Strange Tales is a multimedia storytelling on stage, a mixed media spectacle which combines music,
Strange Tales is a multimedia storytelling on stage, a mixed media spectacle which combines music, theater, sound installation and videos, based on Edgar Alan Poe’s, short stories, poems and letters. Devices that produce sound, light and video, give the atmosphere of an audiovisual laboratory and create an organic environment for the spectators. The two performers on stage and the two sound engineers of stage act altogether like a multimedia orchestra.
Strange Tales is a story about the mystery of life and death. A girl visits a woman in a wheel chair and transforms her room into a laboratory of memories. With the use of technology (sound & visuals), the girl acts like a hypnotist. The woman starts to recall her past. Travelling back in time, she prepares herself for the last journey, towards the light of the eternal Life.
Originally presented at Athens/Epidaurus Festival 2018
Direction – Translation – Music – Visual and sound dramaturgy: Violet Louise
Performers: Aglaia Papas and Violet Louise
Sound design – Studio production: Studio19
Lighting design: Sakis Birbilis
Duration : 1h /15
Strange Tales is a multimedia narration on Poe’s short stories and poems based on sound and music. Poe was quite convinced of the connection between music and literature. He experimented with sound and rhythm, using techniques such as repetition, parallelism, internal rhyme, and alliteration. In his essay ―”The Poetic Principle”, he writes: […] And thus there can be little doubt that in the union of Poetry with Music in its popular sense, we shall find the widest field for the Poetic development.
Violet Louise (Louiza Kostoula) is a stage director, playwright, musician, vocalist and multimedia artist whose research is on the field of multimedia narration. She has graduated from Law School of Athens, studied classical piano at the National Conservatory of Athens and took her diploma in performing arts by the Greek Ministry of Culture. She has worked as a performer and musician at the National Theatre of Greece, Experimental Stage of National Theatre of Greece, Athens and Epidaurus Festival
Since 2012, Violet Louise has been experimenting on multimedia narration, creating each part of her projects (music, sound, visuals, scenery).
Aglaia Papas has graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the National Theatre Drama School of Greece. For the last twenty five years she has been working as an actress in the theatre, with numerous appearances at Epidaurus Festival.
G.Sarigiannis/ 4th bell : Violet Louise, manages to express the world of the American poet ideally. [….] Aglaia Pappa is an actress with marvelous technique: impressive. Her chemistry with Violet Louise, […] leads to a performance not just fruitful but superb.
Leandros Polenakis/Avgi: During the Athens Festival, we watched, a creative composition of Poe’s texts directed by Violet Louise (Louiza Kostoula), tied harmoniously with electronic music, sounds and multimedia, and the intense performance of the two distinguished actors: Louiza Kostoula and Aglaia Pappas. An interactive myth drama, combining theater, concert and visual installation, with the actors acting as narrators, sometimes as rhapsodists, offering a new and at the same time “old” ……that opened for all of us the door to imagination….
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