Nullifying time A time long journey
Direction, Dramaturgy Composition, Original Text: Natalia Stylianou Lighting, Set Design, Costumes, Music: Eos Ensemble Photos: George Panigyropoulos
Christos Dionysopoulos / Theodosis Scarvelis Dimitra Drakopoulou Dimitris Kakavoulas Iakovos Mindrinos Samina Panigyropoulou Thalis Politis Angeliki Strati Production Organization: Lia Kikeri Production: Eos-art
About Nullifying time
Action Location: A house Action Time: 20th century
Characters: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven
New Year’s Eve… A group of people gathered in a house … A game they will play … A strange game … A card game … With marked cards…
Τhere are some things beyond any logic that people continue to do even today. Some of conviction, others out of fear but more of a collective unconscious that is engraved in their DNA. Is there any connection between a man who lived in the early 20th century and a man living today? What memories, what stories follow him? What traditions define him? He believes in them or not?
Legend and tradition often become a way of life, a habit strictly followed without anyone thinking where it comes from, a spook chasing us – and sometimes chased by us – and defines behaviors or even entire lives. A man before reaching to become an individual is totality, he is memory; the memory of the people, the memory of his ancestors, myths, traditions and the spook he carries.
The Greece of 1900, Greece today. What has changed, what has stayed the same. Seven young actors meet on stage in a journey of personal narratives coursing through the Greek story of the 20th century. The link of all stories: war. The First, Smyrna, the Second, the Civil War, the Dictatorship, the Economic Crisis and finally the man who continues to live, to fight, to resist and to hope for a better tomorrow.
A struggle which knows no borders, not only because war is element universality – since man’s nature is such that ignores past mistakes and pushes him many times to repeat them – but because in fact the man in every place and every time has the same fears, the same worries, the same longing for life and ultimately a timeless purpose: to defeat or even to reconcile with the spook he carries, and moves forward.
In the quarter trip of our performance we met many different people, all classes and all nationalities; from Syrian refugees and Russian immigrants to American university professors found in Greece for tourism. They all agreed on the universality of this performance and the need to travel abroad. Their prompt was the springboard to make that proposal.
The Text With an investigation that began in the summer of 2015 and was based on Greek poets and prose writers, documented testimonies and oral tradition – as preserved through folk songs and stories handed down from generation to generation and recorded interviews in various parts Greece – as the tool, we created the original text of our performance (Devised theatre) The aim and challenge for us was to highlight those elements that can unite us in a common root beyond space and time.
‘‘The Word Progress on my Mother’s Lips doesn’t ring true”, by Matei Visniec
Translation: Ersi Vasilikioti
Director: Nikos Gesoulis
Original Music: Dasho Kurti
Sets – Costumes: Spyros Kotsopoulos
Scenography by Yannis Kranas
Choreography: Natalia Stylianou
Lightning: Dimitris Tsioumas
Photos – Video Trailer: Alex Kat
Organization Contact: AngelikiVasilakou
Production Eos – art: Lia Kikeri
”Lulu”, by Frank Wedekind
Dramaturgy – Director: Ioannis Paplomatas
Sets – Costumes: Zacharias Rojas
Original Music: Ioannis Paplomatas
Choreography: Christina Vassilopoulou
Lightning: Dimitris Tsioumas
Make up Artist: Marina Miliara
Photo: Alex Kat
Public Relations – Contact: Margarita Droutsa
Production: SinArtisi group
Co production: Eos – art