Based on the Platonic Symposium, this is the third part of a triptych of the “theatre of the seclusion” developed by Elli Papakonstantinou during the lockdown. It is a video art piece of 26min duration signed by Pantelis Makkas.
In November 2021, ODC Ensemble and Elli Papakonstantinou began a new opera production based on Plato’s Symposium. “Eros” has been redesigned from scratch in the weeks following the Russian invasion. We speak from a place of loss, fear, pain and war.
“The Symposium” consists of several passages and images from the Platonic dialogues —for example, the image of two lovers as being each other’s “other half,” which Plato assigns to Aristophanes. In a world of war and loss, love is revealed to be the great “divine madness” through which the wings of the lover’s soul may sprout and achievements possible for humankind.
Direction / Concept: Elli Papakonstantinou
Video Art: Pantelis Makkas
With: Tsimaras Tzanatos / Pantelis Makkas
Speaking voice: Elli Papakonstantinou
Texts: Louiza Arkoumanea/Elli Papakonstantinou
Produced by ODC Ensemble
With the Support of
the Greek Ministry of Culture
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