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, 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, and the borders between today and history.
As a director, I follow the flows of text, live music, video art and dance in search of a new performative language. This piece lies in the intersection of these flows: queer is a new aesthetic: a pop piece with classical operatic bursts, a dance piece with steadiness in its heart, a cinematic concert: it is a Greek tragedy in the metaverse.
Concept / Art Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Text: Elli Papakonstantinou, Chloe Tzia Kolyri, Kakia Goudeli
Choreography: SINE QUA NON ART – Christophe Béranger & Jonathan Pranlas Descours
Original Songs & Music Composition: Ariah Lester
Electroacoustic Compositions / Interactive Sound Design Istallation: Lambros Pigounis
Set Design: Maria Panourgia
Video Art / Live Video Design: Pantelis Makkas
Costume Design: Ioanna Tsami
Light Design: Marietta Pavlaki
Stage Vibration Sensor & Seismograph design: Giannis Kranidiotis
Assistant to the Director A: Spiros Sourvinos
Reaserch Consultant: Louisa Arkoumanea
Collaboration on Dramaturgy: Ariah Lester, Haris Kalaitzidis
Photography: Alex Kat
Trailer: Sideris Nanoudis
Technical Coordination: Lambros Pigounis
Tour & Development Managment: Laurent Langlois
ODC Office Direction: Gina Zorba
Assistant to the Director B: Christianna Toka, Katerina Savvoglou
Assistant to the Director C: Katerina Hristaki
Assistant to the Set Designer: Sofia Theodoraki
Assistant to the Video Artist: Anthi Paraskeva-Veloudogianni
Performers: Ariah Lester, Georgios Iatrou, Hara Kotsali, Lito Messini, Vasilis Boutsikos, Aris Papadopoulos
PREMIERE 2023 at La Filature, Scene Nationale Mulhouse, Festival Vagamondes (FR) 17 + 18.03. 2023
Holland Festival (NL) 10-11.06.23
Festival de Marseille (FR) 21-22.06.23
Athens Epidaurus Festival (GR) 4-6.07.23
Romaeuropa Festival (IT) 30.09 + 01.10. 2023
Espace des Arts, Scene Nationale Chalon-Sur-Saone (FR) 12-13.10.2023
Teatro Nazionale di Genova (IT) 10-11.11.2023
Produced by ODC Ensemble
Co- produced by La Filature, Scene Nationale de Mulhouse (FR), Holland Festival (NL), Festival de Marseille (FR), Athens Epidaurus Festival (GR), Romaeuropa Festival (IT), La Strada Festival (AT), Teatro Nazionale di Genova (IT)
Residency Espace des Arts, Scene Nationale Chalon-Sur-Saone (FR)
With the Support of
the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports
A performative and explosive, mixture of genres...
“The artist, Elli Papakonstantinou has created a contemporary adaptation, which is a theatrical vortex, a performative and explosive, mixture of genres such as theater, opera, and Queer culture (…) With her impactful staging (…) this piece offers a powerful and exciting experience.”
Federic Bonfils | FOUD’ART (FR)
The show pulses and goes in all directions with such a festive spirit...
“For Papakonstantinou, Euripides' play provides the frame for a proposal to a joyful apocalypse. The show pulses and goes in all directions with such a festive spirit (…) a bewilderment at the breach of theatrical follie, a baroque Orlando furioso (...) Passion explodes through the skin, the bodies, the pores, the emotions in disruption with the dominant culture, definitely the patriarchal culture.”
Luc Maechel | RACINE NOMADES (FR)
The undeniable talent of the artists...
“The music, rock/contemporary, functions like a haunting rumor that splits from operatic flights to pop songs appropriating the too much aspect of the gender. (…) A certainty: the undeniable talent of the artists on stage, singers, performers that carry with their luminous and fully embodied presence, this theatrical piece.”
Frégaville-Gratian d’Amore | L’ŒIL D’OLIVIER (FR)