ANTIGONE based on “Traces of Antigone” by Christina Ouzounidis
ODT Ensemble at Electric Dreams Festival on line until 30th July 2020
Produced by ODC Ensemble
In collaboration with Teater Galeasen | Scenkonstbiennalen | Teater Tribunalen
Written by Christina Ouzounidis
Directed by Elli Papakonstantinou
Live performance designed for the Zoom platform
Part of the Electric Dreams on line Festival
Tickets and more information at https://electricdreamsfestival.com/
Internet connection, laptop or smartphone able to run video conferencing software, camera and microphone enabled.
Running time 60 minutes. Review Mark Courtice 28th July 2020
It’s great to watch a Zoom show that actually looks good. This a serious and often exciting exploration of the uncertain world in which young women live; it’s full of stunning images, the result of careful, classy work by a great company.
From the beginning we are taken to a women’s world where “men don’t exist” which makes comment from this man difficult; but in its rage, power and fluency this is an extraordinary piece of work. A girl’s dangerous world crackles and fizzes with ever-present threat from men; the fact women cannot escape the fear is no less awful for being commonplace – it’s not someone who looks like a monster who will harm you, it’s just as easily the taxi driver.
The show doesn’t just assert that the essence of Antigone transcends this, it shows it. A group of women, thrown on their own resources celebrate their collective strength. The images are startling, rich and the more impressive given they are made in the homes of the artists, with just their bodies, faces and imaginations. A big cast (for Zoom) throws storytelling back and forth between screens and the performances are wild, enthralling, and often mad. The use of the technology (after a long pause before the start) is spot on, this is disciplined work.
The text is rich and suggestive as it sweeps between three languages. The music is a weird thread under this. There is a real feeling of place, not just in a text that tells of olive groves, but in the detail of the homes (set) and the costumes. When you sign on clear instructions make it easy to make the best of the show, which includes break out rooms and an agora – the Greek marketplace where everyone can meet – at the end.
“ANTIGONE” based on “Traces of Antigone” by Christina Ouzounidis
Concept & Art Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Translation into Greek: Margarita Mellberg
Translation into English: G.Carbone/E.Papakonstantinou/ E.Dermitzaki
Visual Art Advisor & video poems: Mary Zygouri
Music Composition: Nalyssa Green, Katerina Papachristou
Movement direction: Valia Papachristou
Assistant to the Director A: Ero Lefa
Assistant to the Director B: Eirini Dermitzaki
Nalyssa Green (vocals / keyboard)
Gemma Hansson Carbone
Katerina Papachristou (vocals/ keyboard/ bass)