Nova Drama Bratislava 2019
Focus Greece: Greek Theatre in the years of Depression (2009–2019).
Curator: Sissy Papathanassiou
GREEK THEATRE IN THE YEARS OF DEPRESSION (2009 – 2019)/Greek drama
Thursday 9.5.2019, 13:00 (120 min).
Studio 12, Jakubovo námestie 12
In English and Greek with interpretation into Slovak
This presentation takes a close look at Greece’s contemporary theatre life and examines the impact of the economy on its present state and future development. It argues that the Depression in Greece may have caused numerous evils, but it has also provided a rich field for the reflection and analysis of the relation between art and the events of the day. The experience of the devastation of the economy and the growing threat of an even lower quality of life has been slowly producing a new sense of things, people, and human relations. It is no exaggeration to claim that young theatre people – the age group hit the hardest by the Depression – are now the most reliable chroniclers of the depression. They feel that their must-do-job is to keep theatre central to the public discourse and communal interaction – not as a commodity, but as a necessary thing, which, needless to say, is not easy to do for it means to change people’s general attitude towards theatre and towards life and its “realities.” Note: during the presentation videos/trailers will be shown from contemporary Greek productions.
The publication presents contemporary Greek drama for the first time in a Slovak translation. Greek drama is represented by three plays – written by playwrights Dimitris Dimitriadis, Yiannis Mavritsakis and Nina Rapi.
Thursday 9.5.2019, 20:00 (60 min). Studio STU, Dostojevského rad 7. Slovak subtitles
REVOLT ATHENΣ is a poetic “Lonely Planet” that comes from the edge of Europe, where facts blend with fantasies. Who owns the authorship of our stories? How can we reverse the stereotypical image of Athens, which is partly perceived as a deadened city and partly as an exotic southern experiment on sustainable strategies in times of crisis? Three performers on a stage-landscape of destruction and regeneration attempt to reverse the stereotypical images of Athens that are being reproduced worldwide and offer insights into post-crisis Greece.
The award-winning production REVOLT ATHENΣ brings together critique and poetry, while it avoids radical “in-your-face” political discourse and is highly interactive. Rejecting the flat, washed out image often painted of Greece’s capital; this is an Athens that is bursting with life. In ODC Ensemble’s unique city guide, activist communities are framed within Greece’s wider history and intertwined with figures of Greek mythology – there are teargas-choked riots against government austerity cutbacks. Combining actors, video footage and music, it is a multi-faceted window into the living and breathing reality of a place. REVOLT ATHENΣ was presented at the European Parliament of Culture in 2017 and has been awarded the First Prize Award at the BE Festival, Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK).
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION Elli Papakonstantinu
TEXTS Elli Papakonstantinu & Rosa Prodromu
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN Telis Karananos, Alexandra Siafku
VISUALS AND INSTALLATION Pantelis Makkas
LIVE MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Tilemachos Musas
LIGHTING DESIGN Olympia Mytilineu
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Alex Kat
PERFORMERS Roza Prodromu, Pantelis Makkas, Tilemachos Musas