Type: Awarded

The Cave

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.

REVOLT ATHENΣ

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

The Iron

Rona Munro’s Iron is a psychological drama set in a women’s prison, in which a mother and daughter try to break through the barriers of time, memory and punishment which separate them. The play starts with the first visit by 25-year-old Josie to her mother, Fay, who has served 15 years of a life sentence for killing Josie’s father. Josie, a divorced and lonely career woman, wants to rediscover her past.

The Decameron of Women

The Decameron of Women/A Piece for Six Performers by Julia Voznesenskaya. Storytelling from the Soviet Union of the 70’s, combining live music and devised scenes by a female cast of six and directed by Elli Papakostantinou. Nominated for the Audience’s Award for Best Performance 2000-2001 at Lakis Lazopoulos, IVI Theatre, Athens and attended by more than 16,000 people.

Nine Lives, Ten Tales

Nine Lives Ten Tales by Lil Warren. An awarded play about the life of a woman in the East End of London. Performed at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), London, the Edinburgh Festival and other London venues including, The King’s Head, The Studio Theatre (Surrey) and The Knives and Hens.

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FUTURE EVENTS

09sepAll DayAeschylia Festival 2019, GRTHE CAVE – Elefsina, Geece

25sepAll Day29BAM Theatre, New YorkOedipus, Sex with Mum was Blinding

07octAll DayDimitria Festival 2019, GRREVOLT ATHENΣ – Thessaloniki, Concert Hall, Greece

07octAll Day08Dimitria Festival 2019, GRTHE CAVE – Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Greece

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