Louisette:
The Backstage of Revolution

A Piece for Eight Performers
along with teaching staff & students
of the Eleusis Vocational High School
Commissioned by Eleusis 21

European Capital of Culture

and Athens & Epidauros Festival

Louisette (the title comes from Marat’s pet word for the guillotine), invites viewers to enter the making of a film on the theme of bourgeois democracy and the French revolution. However, during shoot breaks, something is amiss. How do contemporary individuals relate to the tripartite motto “liberty, equality, fraternity”?

The performance drew on texts by Jean-Paul Marat, Heiner Müller, Guy Debord, Raoul Vaneigem, Nikos Gatsos, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mary Oliver, Victor Hugo, Maximilien Robespierre, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, excerpts from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) and contemporaneous legal texts and Travis Stout’s videogame Assasin’s Creed: Unity. It also drew on texts composed during improvisation with the students of special abilities from the special vocational high school of Eleusis. The latter are the true protagonists of this production, working closely together with actors, musicians, and visual artists. This performance of ambulatory theatre, a co-production of the Athens festival and the Eleusis 2021 European capital of culture, is the end product of a fruitful collaboration between the ODC Ensemble and the students of the Special vocational high School of Eleusis and is part of the Europe Grand central project.

Credits

Concept + Adaptation + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Stella Rapti
Historical Research: Filimon Patsakis

Performers: Adrian Frieling, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Daphne Markaki, Alkistis Polychroni, Antonis Primikyris, Rosa Prodromou, Thodoris Skyftoulis, along with volunteers and teaching staff & students of the Special Vocational High School of Eleusis

Music Composition + Sound Design: Tilemachos Mousas
Live Music: The Special Vocational High School of Eleusis Band, Nefeli Markaki (violin), Nasia Gofa (vocals)
Set + Costume Design: Aristotelis Karananos & Alexandra Siafkou
Live Video + Video Mapping: Pantelis Makkas
Choreography: Athanasia Kanellopoulou
Lighting Design: Olympia Mytilinaiou

Assistant to Director: Anastasia Katsinavaki

Performanes

Athens & Epidaurus Festival:
22-25.06.2017
Old Oil Mill of Eleusis, Greece

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Iit felt as if a bomb, planted at the foundations of the festival…

The project is not one of politeness and rhetoric. Neither is it, necessarily, a radical suggestion of escape. It is, however, a project charged with emotion – rage, anger, complaint, despair and a sincere awkwardness vis-à-vis the now becoming history […] 

Apostolos Lakasas |  Kathimerini | 21.06.2017

We entered the Backstage of Revolution…

The performance is deeply political insofar as its ensemble functions as a political entity, its every member investing the end result with freedom, equality, and fraternity—that is, the performance’s subject matter. The goal will never be met if there is an incongruity of form and content […]

Giorgos Voudiklaris |  Popaganda | 24.06.2017

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