ΔΕΡΜΑ [SKIN]

A Piece for Thirteen Performers
Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space

OFFICIAL HELLENIC PARTICIPATION

Inspired by the authoritarian state “Leviathan” by T. Hobbes, this is an immersive site-specific performance, structured as a triptych in three different areas of Vyrsodepseio.
In a tannery, the workers came into contact with the skin of animals, offal, germs, blood and contaminated water. The idea of cleansing is a key thread of the dramatic fabric of the show and, with appropriate textual support, the space is used not only as a literal place (as a performance space), but also as a metaphorical space (as a tannery “purgatory”).

Skin [Δέρμα] is a celebration, a “tribute” to the mechanistic work, monotony and apathy. A poetic metaphor for the current state of Greek society into crisis and the development of a powerful authoritarian state-Leviathan.

© Loukas Vasilikos

Credits

Concept + Assemblage + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Performers: Adrian Frieling, Alkis Ζοupas, Valia Papachristou, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Nefeli Papaderou, Angelos Kalinoglou, Stella Christodoulopoulou, Thanos Kosmidis, Kosmas Hatzis, Elli Katsinavaki, Lefteris Zimianitis, Valeia Tzanetou
Later additions: Giannis Votsis, Eftychia Kiourtidou, Eva Faklari (second cast), Giannis Bogris, Nikolas Stravopodis (third cast)

Dramaturgy: Stathis Grafanakis
Music Composition + Sound Design: Tilemachos Mousas
Set + Costume Design: Aristotelis Karananos & Alexandra Siafkou
Choreography: Valia Papachristou & Christina Sougioultzi
Lighting Design: Adrian Frieling

Stage Management: Lengo Leventi
Assistants to Director: Tomas Diafas, Davydd Cook, Semeli Chaviara

Performances

Vyrsodepseio: 06.2012–10.2013
Athens, Greece
13th International Exhibition Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space: 05.2015
The Hellenic pavilion, Prague, Czech Republic

Produced by:

© Loukas Vasilikos

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Reviews

Standing up we applauded standing on our feet…

We cannot rate this performance – installation, simply because this is a masterpiece!!! […] Elli Papakonstantinou and ODC Ensemble, offered us a superb political spectacle, avant-garde resistance and finally left us with a deep feeling that our skin is the last fortress between us and the system […]

Ariadni Kanavaki |  Kulturosupa | 12.02.2013

A powerful experience, ideal for equally intense debates … it’s awesome!

If theatre is an empty space that is meant to be revisited, Papakonstantinou restructures the entire space to match her dramatic concept…

Dimitris Tsatsoulis |  Eleftherotypia | 03.06.2013

SKIN, fencing utopia…
This performance, which is the end result of a grueling and thorough research, is set up as a boxing ring. After several rounds, the two opponents collapse to the ground, looking forward to the next boxing match, looking forward to the next performance, the next trial.

Irene Aivaliotou |  Cat is Art | 31.01.2013

The skin we used
to live in…

SKIN is a personal comment on the question of “Greekness” and the crisis of western capitalist system, developed as a triptych and is spread over three different areas of an ex-tannery. Elli, intersects these issues not with the precision of a scalpel, but with rough rawness that requires stripping down to one’s nakedness […]

Τonia Karaoglou |  ελculture | 28.05.2013

An uncanny painting with familiar touches of horror…

Hobbes’ theory of the autocratic state, D. Solomos’ vision of national sovereignty, Dalai Lama’s teachings, American-style consumerism, anti-capitalist commentary, psychoanalytic approaches, all are brought together in this unique puzzle which gives food for thought and asks to be deciphered […]

Mania Staikou |  Click at Life | 23.05.2013

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