LATE NIGHT, London part of LIFT, June 15 – 18

Late Night
Presented by Blitz Theatre Group

Part of LIFT 2016

The Pit June 15 – 18
Barbican Centre,
Silk Street,
London EC2Y 8DS

Runs: 90mins without interval

Review: by Carole Woddis of perf seen June 15, 2016:

Stunning stuff
Imagine the hypnotic purity of a Pina Bausch, the despair of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, the American film where exhausted dancers during the American 1932 Depression circle endlessly. Add the musical melancholy of a Jacques Brel type song. Then imagine it all transferred to the context of Europe and Greece in the grip of austerity since the economic collapse of 2008.

The result by Greek Blitz Theatre Group collective is mesmerising, an unbearably sad eulogy to Europe and a brilliant dance metaphor for a political situation where only memories remain of what went before.

At a time when the UK is riven by Euro-scepticism, there could hardly be a more moving epitaph to a world from which we seem only to keen to distance ourselves.

Everything about Late Night oozes European-ness, whether in the Blitz’s beautifully controlled, understated actor/dancers, in the poetry of their text delivered to a microphone with its references evoking the romance and the violence of European cities from Paris to Berlin, Amsterdam to Warsaw and all points in between.

In a ruined ballroom, empty but for chairs, an old tv set and a fringe of broken debris and rubble, six actors stare out at us.

Gradually they begin to waltz, obsessively, round and round to Khachaturian’s Masquerade waltz, breaking off to recall moments of lost love in an atmosphere soaked in a kind of WWII nostalgia and with a repeated phrase `in those days’ before moving on to describe scenes of mayhem, destruction, pain, emptiness, and hopelessness.

Yet there is an absurdist humour too. There are surreal, crazy hopes for the future and political references almost immediately discounted: `In 1 minute, she will decide. "Revolutionary" is a useful word. Now, Sophia is thinking of Marxism and its prospects. She is thinking that the future will be revolutionary – full of joy, dignity – Eros – Peace, of love. Now, Yiorgos is thinking that love is the only solution. In 1 minute, this thought will appear to him to be completely stupid.’
Ah Europe, whither now? Love is all you need, they suggest. Then again, it’s not enough…

Brilliant, brilliant company.

Late Night
Presented by Blitz Theatre Group

Part of LIFT 2016

Performed in Greek with English surtitles

Maria Filini, Sophia Kokkali, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis,
Fidel Talaboukas and Yorgos Valais

Dramaturgy by Blitz Theatre Group and Nikos Flessas

Assistant Director: Vasia Attarian
Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas
Choreography: Yannis Nikolaidis
Set Design: Effi Birba
Costumes: Vassilia Rozana
Tour Manager: Judith Martin/Ligne Directe

Presented by the Barbican and LIFT

Produced by Blitz Theatre Group

Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre and La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse

Late Night is a House on Fire project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union

2016-06-16 20:54:31

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