EROS

new creation
2022 / Hybrid / Classic/ Opera/
Supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, The House Of Europe, Performing Arts Fund

After the huge success of performances “The Cave” (re Plato’s Republic and fake news/ awarded with the Music Theatre Now International Award), “Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding“ (re Oedipus, determinism and cognitive science), developed in collaboration with researchers from Stanford University, that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and was the Observer’s and the OperaWire’s “choice of the Fall”, and “The Kindly Ones” (re the Oresteia and trauma) that opened at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp and still tours internationally (invited at the Avignon Festival 2022), Elli Papakonstantinou and ODC Ensemble collaborate with Nova Opera, a select group of Ukrainian artists, to  present “EROS”,  a cinematic contemporary opera.

Here, Elli Papakonstantinou draws from Plato’s “Symposium” to narrate our new physicality and connection to the physical world. She rewrites with sarcasm and black humour a new libretto that re-examines desire and love in the aftermath of the coronavirus. How does this neofuturistic COVID world challenge the importance of physical presence as an element of EROS. How much of this is in accordance with the “Platonic love” (love spiritual and  the absence of  corporeality) that Socrates develops in the “Symposium”?

“EROS” uses algorithmic composition methods, unique improvisational abilities of NOVA OPERA musicians,  further processing of materials by composer and adding the obtained materials to the musical text of the opera. In addition to extended vocal techniques and live electronics, real-time electronic voice processing will be used, which will significantly expand the sound palette and add new expression to the opera.

 

Credits

Direction and libretto: Elli Papakonstantinou (based on Plato)
Music composition: Maxim Shalygin
Video artist: Pantelis Makkas
Set and Costume Design: Maria Panourgia
Light design:Nikos Vlasopoulos
Conductor: Victoriia Vitrenko

Cast and Musicians:
Maryana Goloko – soprano
Viktoria Vitrenko – soprano
Anna Kirsh – soprano
Andrey Koshman – baritone
Ruslan Kirsh – baritone
Zhanna Marchinska – cello
Ihor Zavhorodnii – violin
Antonii Baryshevskyi – piano
Andrey Nadolskyi – percussion
Andrey Bednyi – Button accordion

 

Project Coordinator:Andrey Koshman
Assistants to the director: Ero Lefa, Chariklia Petraki, Korina Kotsiri
Producer: Vlad Troitskyi
Ιllustrator: Anna Lee

Tour

O. Festival, Rotterdam, 21 – 22 May 2022, 13.00 & 19.00
Kyiv Opera House, Ukraine,  June 2022 (TBA)
Odessa Opera House, Ukraine,  August 2022 (TBA)
Kharkiv National Philharmonic, Ukraine, September 2022 (TBA)

With the collaboration of
Nova Opera, Ukraine

Supported by:

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A Θeatre in Times of Crisis
Nefeli Editions | 2018

Destiny

Destiny | 2004

Happiness Unl

Happiness Unlimited | 2016

Stream Voices

Streams of Voices | 2003

Utopia

Elli Papakonstantinou
Performance Director, Activist

NightSecret

A Night of Secrets | 2007

SoundGun

The Sound of the Gun | 2008

Mr Love

The Mysterious Mr Love | 2005

Happiness Tree

Tree of Happiness | 2017

Faith

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PlayingSong

They’re Playing our Song | 2005

Louisette

Louisette: The Backstage of Revolution | 2017

Kitchen

Viciousness in the Kitchen | 2010

Cave

The Cave | 2018

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Każin Barokk | 2018

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Nine Lives, Ten Tails | 1997

Athens Revolt

Revolt Athenς | 2015

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Debtocrazy Revolutions | 2015

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The Suppliants after Aeschylus after Kossovo | 1999

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Ajax | 1998

OutCry 2

Out Cry | 2016

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Out Cry | 2011

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Sous l’oiel d’Oedipe | 2010

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Skin [Δέρμα] | 2012

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Woyzeck Quartet | 2012

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From Α to Ω | 2010

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The Country | 2009

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The Iron | 2004

After Homer

ODC …After Homer | 2002-04

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ODC, after Homer’s Odyssey | 2009

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Ma Vie de Chandelles | 2012

Sea Bottom

Touching the Bottom of the Sea | 2013

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Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding | Upcoming

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Femme et Loup | 2014

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The Decameron of Women | 2000

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