One could not have found a better symbolic space to host the ODC project; [VYRSO is] perhaps the most apt location in the world, if not for the former gunpowder factory housing Cartoucherie de Vincennes [Theatre du Soleil] in the outskirts of Paris.

– G. Ioannidis

© Alex Kat Photography


The vibrant cultural space Vyrsodepseio has drastically contributed to the growth of innovative arts in Athens by promoting synergies and international networking. From March 2011, ODC Ensemble is based at their own venue, Vyrsodepseio, the biggest tannery of the Balkans in the 19th century. The company transformed the building into a multi-stage, versatile space for performing arts under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Vyrsodepseio is an evolving project for horizontal politics, synergies and co-operations in contemporary art, that focuses on international networking and promotes exchange between Greek and international organisations. ODC is a proud member of the two networks Trans Europe Halles and IETM. Since its creation, Vyrsodepseio has received artists in residencies, curated and produced site-specific performances/theatre/dance, live music and festivals; also, educational programs with a special emphasis on new dramaturgy, master-classes, seminars and workshops; finally, visual arts exhibitions, community and activist projects, media, etc.

ODC Ensemble’s
Vyrsodepseio is supported
by Creative Lenses

© Alex Kat Photography
© Alex Kat Photography
© Mike Rafail
© Alex Kat Photography
© Alex Kat Photography
© Alex Kat Photography
© Mike Rafail



VYRSODEPIO is a medium-length documentary film directed by Maria Chatzigianni and produced by M-word Web Radio.

Cast: Guy Delamotte, Simon Grangeat, Simon Grangeat, Elli Papakonstantinou, Konstantinos Tzikas

For many of us,Vyrsodepseio was not just a space but also a cause; a locus of collective expression, a network of artists and citizens, a cradle of contemporary art, but also, ultimately, an open experiment answering the question: “How can we create meaningful art?”

– Elli Papakonstantinou

Extract from the book: Vyrsodepseio, a Θeatre in Times of Crisis

© Alex Kat Photography


Polart Circle

Polart Circle initiates a partner’s platform at the European scale, associating art companies, scholars, universities, civil society organisations and youth integration organisations. Activities gathers artist-educators, emerging artists, experts and citizens interested in the relationship between art and politics.

Creative Lenses

Creative Lenses is a four-year (2015-2019) project that seeks to make arts and cultural organisations more resilient and sustainable by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities.

Global Grand Central

Global Grand Central (former Europe Grand Central), is a ground-breaking cooperation effort that combines grass-roots projects by independent culture organizations across Europe and beyond through a unique digital and conceptual platform to connect audience-created narratives about the human act of crossing borders.

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