WCT: Theatre Festival at Epidaurus

The European program CULTURE “World Crisis Theatre” includes groups engaged in the performing arts coming from five EU countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The purpose of the program is the presentation of social phenomena and human behavior issues that arise as consequences of the ongoing economic crisis in Europe. The aim of this cooperation is the promotion of the tools that can shape the European identity through art. At the moment (August 2013), the partners are presenting their work at the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus.

PERFORMANCES SCHEDULE AT THE LITTLE THEATRE OF ANCIENT EPIDAURUS

August 23-25th 2013

Friday, August 23rd

20:00 pm
France

“The Power of Yes”

Short presentation of the performace:
Towards an integrated direction of David Hare’s play, “The Power of Yes” in 2014, the French theater director Bruno Freyssinet, presents an extract to the public. For his work, the Englishman sir David Hare said: “This is not a play. It is a story. For how capitalism came to a grinding halt. ”
Participants:
Script: Sir David Hare
Direction: Bruno Freyssinet
Production: Juliette Bompoint
Coordinator-Assistant Director: Julie Paule
Cast:
Nathalie Yanoz,
Xavier Maître
Grégory veux

22:00 pm
Greece

“Cyclops- Survival”

Short presentation of the performance:
The Center for Classical Drama and Spectacle of Panteion University, has been experimenting in staging performances in two ways all these years: firstly, with classic performances which were carried around Greece and Europe, and secondly, with performances that carried the message of tragedy through forms of political musical.

In this second category belongs the political musical Cyclops Survival. It is a Brecht’s type adaptation of the satirical drama “Cyclops” by Euripides. Its theme is about cannibalism, not only the literal one, but especially about the political and social implications of cannibalism, as we experience it in the gloom of the current crisis. Serving this logic, the actors sometimes are being transformed into mythical creatures and sometimes in today’s struggling and suffering people.

Participants:
Text / Direction: Yangos Andreadis
Music: Nikos Athanasakis
Choreography: Fanis Kafoussias
Sets: Stavros Bonatsos
Costumes: Angie Karatza
Percussion instruments: Nikos Touliatos
Video: Dimitris Nakos
Assistant Director: Costas Mitrakas

Cast (alphabetical order):
Christos Efthymiou (Silenos)
Giorgos Morogiannis (Cyclops)
Mania Papadimitriou (Anchorwoman / Athena)
Kimon Rigopoulos (Ulysses)
Satyrs Chorus (alphabetical order):
Evaggelia Demetriou
Theodora Evgenaki
Marilia Mersiniadi
Costas Mitrakas
Elias Papaconstantinou
Eirini Polydorou
Nikos Tournakis
Dimitris Tsikouras
Dionisis Christopoulos

Saturday, August 24th

20:00 pm
Italy

“Espoti a tuto”

Short presentation of the performance:
A group of men and women, from an undefined time and place are summoned by an unknown man, a Dantesque Charon, to a mysterious appointment. He asks them to take a voyage. Where the destination is, or why they should leave, he doesn’t say. Their country, like many others, was experiencing a huge crisis; all that they and their ancestors had created until now, such as the certainties of social structures and wealth, it was as though everything had crumbled, failed and collapsed.

It has been years since anyone asked what had caused this mysterious disturbance, what went wrong and who was to blame. In the end they got used to it, accepting the continuing state of crisis as permanent and inevitable. It was distress, a necessity for beauty, curiosity and a desire for a new utopia that had made the group so restless that when given the chance of this voyage, it was embraced immediately as an opportunity. Their only obligation before undertaking the voyage was to discard all that they had been, until the moment of departure and to leave it all behind.

During their journey on their way towards the unknown destination they would stop every now and then, and perform to the people telling a story of life, hoping that their mistakes would not be repeated. No one would ever know what happened to that group of people who were “exposed to all” who were charged by an ideal, a dream! Legend has it that they formed a new community, others say that they have seen them still travelling and performing…always gathering more and more people…for that new world.

Collecting information and material from the street, from politics, from newspapers, from global economics to the economy of housewives and from our hearts, we narrate slices of life, of a Dantesque voyage, we tell the story of everyday life. Set in the “day after” our days, in a tomorrow closer than today.

Participants:

Direction: Tomaso Thellung and Francesco Giuffré
Narration: Ennio Coltorti
Assistant Director: Giovanna Pellegrino
Production Assistant: Miriam Rizzardi
Photos: Fabio Mancino
English translations: Denise McNee

Cast:
Franca Abategiovanni
Alfredo Angelici
Antonella Britti
Dimitri D’Urbano
Valeria Iacampo
Angelo Monacelli
Bianca Nappi
Andrea Puglisi

22:00 pm
Portugal

“The Answer”

Short presentation of the performance:
“The answer,” is playing with some big questions, doubts and complaints. There are some people who eat everything and leave the rotten leftovers to the others, there are some that are consumed in unnecessary fights (losing their real purpose) and then there are those who ignore everything that happens around them having fun at parties.
Among the statements of sociologists, economists, journalists, politicians and ordinary people in the streets, bars, and in statistics, the show looks for answer to this question: Do we still have time to change this course?

Participants:
Script-Direction: Hugo Miguel Coelho

Cast:
Vicente de Sá
Joana Eliseu Cavaco
Valter F. Nogueira
Sunday, August 25th

20:00 pm
Germany

“The Satyr Play”

Short presentation of the performance:
“The Satyr Play” is a satiric examination of The Eumenides, the final play of Aeschylus’ Oresteian trilogy. The work is an audience-interactive performance about the birth of democracy. Part ancient ‘piss take’ and part reckless airing of contemporary EU taboos (money, power, and European identity). The work exposes the ‘dirty laundry’ of democracy, bureaucracy and the current debt crisis. Inspired by the trial of Orestes, triage live art collective (AU), Human Waste Theater (DE) and an ensemble of Berlin-based actors join forces with the audience to ‘play’ the judges and mythic figures of the drama. However, the true hero of the show may actually be a chicken named Bertha. Above all, The Satyr Play celebrates human foibles and Greece’s great contributions to Western Civilization (myth, theatre, democracy and olive oil). Toys, childish gods and heated arguments – welcome to the human family! Opa Mas!

Participants:
Script- Direction: Katerina Kokkinos Kennedy and Andreas Wrosch

Cast:
Jan Arne Looss
Katharina Nesterova
Fabian Prokein,
Eva Schröer,
Pia Seifreth,
Lino Seyfried
Andreas Wrosch

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