A new opera production based on Plato’s Symposium 2022 / Hybrid / Classic/ Live Music Credits Performances Gallery Reviews With the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the NEON Organization for Culture and Development International Premiere 26 MAY 2022,O.Festival (NL) DIRECTOR’S NOTE “Eros” has been redesigned from scratch in the weeks following the …
Oedipus: Sex with Mum was Blinding is a hybrid opera libretto and direction by Elli Papakonstantinou, music composion by Julia Kent and Tilemachos Mousas. The piece draws from cognitive science and the myth of “Oedipus Rex” and was developed during the director’s visit at CCRMA. Originally designed for a cast of seven, this is an abbreviated version featuring a mix of live actors that are folded into an array of surreal cinematic environments. Through a series of scientific experiments, audience engagement plays an essential role in the execution of the piece. Atonal, electroacoustic compositions weave throughout the opera while Grammy nominee, Julia Kent, performs cello on stage in a constant stream of visuals and live action. A full production of the piece will take place in Athens at the Old National Opera House in September 2019 with the participation of cognitive scientists from the Warburg Institute, University of London.
Expected premiere: 4th April 2019, Stanford University, USA
2021/ Classic/ Hybrid Commissioned by DRΑΜΑΤΕΝ | In collaboration with The Royal Swedish Opera A radical overwrite of the mythical play, in which Alkestis now receives long-awaited redress. Alkestis is a musical interpretation of Euripides’ comic tragedy, a tale of fear of death and sacrifice. Greek Elli Papakonstantinou is one of Europe’s most exciting directors. …
A Digital Game for Avatars and Solitary Individuals across the Globe GLOBAL PREMIERE, 3 MARCH 2021, IRCAM/ Centre Georges pompidou Our world is shifting around us in these times of seclusion and dichotomy. As we are faced with a common crisis for the first time after WW2, some say we are connected more now than …
A new opera for four voices, santoor, piano & live electronics. Conceived and directed by Elli Papakonstantinou, this international co-production investigates parallels between today’s virtual reality world, fake news and Plato’s allegory of the Cave.
The Cave is a cyber punk opera on a popular theme Matrix. An oratorical opera in the intersection between opera, cinema and new technologies, this radical performance calls for critical reflection on fake news and post truth. It’s a contemporary reinterpretation of Plato’s famous “Cave” allegory. Shadow puppetry, new media, visuals and music are all performed in real time by a cast of four. Nothing is ever still. The Cave challenges the boundaries of contemporary opera, drawing from a variety of music genres. In the intersection of reality and fantasy, material & immaterial, with an emphasis on the exploration of self-truth. The staged transcription of the philosophical text is interwoven with intertextual adds – Buddhist sutras, hyperrealistic conversations etc.- and pinholes onto today’s world. Socrates is a robot’s voice and this sarcasm runs through out the piece. while mythological creatures pass as shadows of another world all too close to ours; In Plato’s allegory people are chained in a cave and they are facing the inside of the cave whereupon they see the shadows of the outside world. In so doing, they interpret “reality” through this optic of the shadows. The cave brings out how the two-dimensional vision of the three-dimensional life translates in today’s realities in misconceptions that we may have regarding what’s going on as for example in the domains of politics, of society and of course ethics.
Immersive and site-specific performance on gaming and tax paradises, held at the majestic Notre Dame Gate in Birgu. This game-like performance will transform the near 400 year old building into a dark and beautiful maze, to open up a myriad of possibilities conjured by real-time video, live music, Baroque choir and robotics. The die is cast, the card is drawn.
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.
Award-winning REVOLT ATHENΣ relates criticism and poetry avoiding radical “in-your-face” political discourse. Rejecting the flat, washed out image οf Greece’s capital, this is an Athens that’s bursting with life. In REVOLT ATHENΣ, the three-piece, politically-minded cast offer insights into post-crisis Greece. In ODC Ensemble’s unique city guide, activist communities are framed in terms of Greece’s wider history; intertwined with figures of Greek mythology, there are tear gas-choked riots against government austerity cutbacks. Combining actors, video footage and music, it’s a multi-faceted window into the living and breathing reality of a place.
REVOLT ATHENΣ is still on tour
First Prize Award for the REP, Birmingham at the BE Festival 2017
Presented for the European Parliament for Culture in 2017
Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck performed by a reduced international cast of five; they form a post -punk band with an operatic approach in original music score inspired by Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’ to challenge the idea of the European Union. Texts in performance: Georg Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’, a speech on ‘Economy of the housekeeping’ by Angela Merkel, Georg Büchner’s ‘The messenger of Hessen’ (Der Hessische Landbote) etc.
Based on Sylvia Plath’s radio-play “Three Women”, the cast performs in a real kitchen that is “trapped” with sensors. Live electroacoustic music composition here unfolds, interwoven dynamically in the body of the performance in real time. The performers cook throughout the show and at the end, they serve dinner and join the audience.