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.
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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
13th International Exhibition Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space: 05.2015
The Hellenic pavilion, Prague, Czech Republic
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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…
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