The Kindly Ones

new creation
Commissioned by
the Festival der Regionen 2019

Credits

Concept + Libretto + Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Musical Composition: Blaine L. Reininger
Performers: Rosa Prodromoui, Blaine L. Reininger and a choir of elderly men from the vicinities of Mauthausen
Art Direction: Craig Dogovski
Lighting Design: Zois Loumakis

Performances

Festival der Regionen 2019: 29.06-02.07.2019
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial, Austria

Extract from “Die Presse”
THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN ART & LIFE

Will it be, like your other projects, a performance that connects opera, roleplay and new media? How important is the site-specific?

Yes, I am designing a musical performance looking for ways to engage the audience in a holistic experience.

The site specificity of this work is very important. The performance will take place right outside the walls of the Mauthausen Concentration Memorial, which is in itself a very strong statement, an invitation to reflect on parts of the European history that we have tried to ignore and are catching up with us.

So, are there also residents performing at the end, or only actors?

I am designing this work for two performers, an American a Greek and an Austrian but also for local people who will form a choir. But I m also designing this to involve the people that will come to see the show in unexpected ways. Yes, of course there are some stories incidents and thoughts that are linked to the Greek contemporaneity for example the murder of Zak a Greek activist in daylight in the center of Athens. The protagonist of this piece is a choir of elderly men that come from the vicinities of Mauthausen. Part of the performance will be rehearsed in Greece but we will also work in Mauthausen for ten days collecting interviews and implementing them in the text of the performance. It is important to engage into a dialogue with the local community who has been carrying for generations the burden of this trauma.

Telling (Greek) history in site-specific immersive experiences, involving and connecting actors of the community: This seems to be the aim that you follow with all your performances? Is this way of working (the avant-garde theatre you are known for, working with audience, the community, mixing music and theatre, etc.) more enriching than making “classical” stagetheatre, arise like that more contemporary performances?

I am exploring ways and experiment with different formats and I m trying not to copy myself. There is so much artistic production out there. There s never been so much. But how much of this resonates with the reality of the spinning world we leave in? I have the right to fail but It s important that I do so while trying to break the ice of art consumption.

When you work with the community, are there also surprises, complications that you expect?

Yes, of course. This is the challenge I give myself.

Interview with Magdalena Mayer | Die Presse-Kulturmagazin | 12.04.2019

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