A cinematic music theatre piece
Co-produced by: La Filature, Scene Nationale Mulhouse (FR), Romaeuropa Festival (IT), Marseilles Festival (FR), La Strada Festival (AU)
Upcoming premiere 2023

For this international co-production Elli Papakonstantinou writes in tandem and directs a new piece after Euripides’ Bacchae with an emphasis on an all inclusive world. 

It is a piece across the borders between genres; epistemological borders, between scientific, and fictional languages; the borders of gender ; the borders between languages and nationalities, those that separate humanity from animality, the living from the dead, the borders between today and history. 


         Queerness in Elli’s work                          


My piece lies in the intersection of identities and realities (humans/gods, male/female, classes etc.) Queer here relates to a way of understanding not only gendered identities but also aesthetics, politics, language, structures of thought.

Bacchae is a piece on asymmetry and undefinability. I understand queer not as a moral but as a political notion, if we believe that politics are open not only to the affairs of Man, to Marxism, to class, but to the world. Over and above us. Open to Animals, to Things. -When put in the context of today’s world, morality has to become a way that promotes the survival of all beings. 

In my process of creation, I take for the first time the challenge to co-write the piece in tandem with great thinkers from a wide range of fields such as schizoanalysis, philosophy, poetry. This I believe to be an enriching deepening experience that enfolds the otherness in its making.  

As a director, I follow the line of visuals, the line of dance and the line of music. My intention is to work in all three directions. The Bacchae that I wish to create are built on compositional risks and unfamiliar corporealities.


Elli Papakonstantinou

“One never knows what a body can do” (Spinoza) and here the revolutionary is the body. At the epicentre of the Bacchae there is a sensorial, transcendental and  transgendered physicality. While all shapes, forms, fixed identity is escaped, the piece avoids traditional choreographic approach. Here, we look for individual and collective movement beyond expectations.

This work takes the form of a moving painting (live cameras manipulated by the cast), a visual concert where music is visuals and visuals is music.

The piece will be created in tandem with the following scientific advisors:Professor Pavlos Kavouras (anthropologist), Chloe Tzia Koliri (psychiatrist-psychoanalyst), Louisa Arkoumanea (dramaturge), Dimitris Vergetis (psychoanalyst-philosopher), Professor Kakia Goudeli (philosopher).



Direction / Concept: Elli Papakonstantinou
Written by: Elli Papakonstantinou, Chloe Kolyri , Louiza Arkoumanea, Kakia Goudeli (based on Euripides ’s “Bacchae”)
Translation in English:  ODC Ensemble
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Louisa Arkoumanea
Scientific Advisors: Vasiliki Roussou
Original Music (not final): Julia Kent, Sophia Avramidou
Set design / Art direction: Maria Panourgia
Real Time Video:  Pantelis Makkas
Choreography: Zoi Chatziantoniou
Assistants to the Director: Ero Lefa, Korina Kotsiri
Tour & development: Laurent Langlois, Laura Artoni
Performers (in discussion): Gemma Hansson Carbone, Nalyssa Green, Ariah Lester, Aris Papadopoulos, Roza Prodromou (cast to be completed by end of May)


UPCOMING PREMIERE 2023 at La Filature, Scene Nationale de Mulhouse (FR)

O. Festival, Rotterdam (NL)
La Strada Festival (AU) 07.2023
Marseilles Festival (FR) 08.2023
Romaeuropa Festival (IT) 09.2023
La Batie Festival (CH) TBA
IRCAM/Festival d’Automne TBA

Produced by ODC Ensemble

Co- produced by
La Filature, Scene Nationale de Mulhouse (FR),Romaeuropa Festival (IT), Marseilles Festival (FR),La Strada Festival (AU)




With the Support of  
the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports



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