Concept + Directing: Elli Papakonstantinou
Performer: Aglaia Pappa
Musicians on stage: Tilemachos Moussas (electric guitar, theremin, berimbao, jaws harp, calimba, efx-lo-ops), Nikos Giousef (musical saw), Alejandro Gomez Gutierrez (flamenco guitar-palmas), Satnam Ghai (tablas), Nathan Pisoort (overtone singing-didgeridoo)
Translation: Dimitris Maronitis
Musical composition: Tilemachos Moussas
Sound engineer: Takis Kororos
Assistant director: Agapi Kousteni
Production manager: Anastasia Chrysanthakopoulou
Produced by ODC Ensemble
GREECE / Athens / Alekton theatre / 24 April – 31 May 2009)
GREECE / Delphi / XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama, European Cultural Centre of Delphi / 7.7.2009
GREECE / Lesvos / Love and Death Festival July 2009
GREECE / Chios / Homereia Festival / 7 Augustn2009
GREECE / Eleusis / Αeschyleia Festival / 7 September 2009
This is the first show of the company ODC Ensemble
“I began researching the Odyssey back in 2002. The first phase of my research (2002-2004) resulted in a series of performances presented in Greece and abroad, each of them featuring a different cast and crew. The common denominator in all these performances was the development of a contemporary rhapsodic method.
I focused on the Odyssey because I was intrigued by the fluidity and diversity of the Homeric epics and especially by the fact that in reality there is no ‘original’ text. In effect, we are talking about different versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey and more specifically about each rhapsodist trying a different take on the Iliad and the Odyssey, improvising in situ before a live audience and introducing variations even on the verses themselves.
This ‘open’ dramaturgy opens a channel to the present. Far from distancing herself from the story she tells, the narrator finds herself within two overlapping circles: the real circle of the audience, and the fictional circle of the story.
This largely improvisational performance was built upon the interplay of three bodies of work: The Odyssey, musical improvisation, and the narrator’s free association. The director spins an ad hoc dramaturgy the ‘seams’ of which are visible to the audience; the audience can then choose the Book of Odyssey they want to listen to while having dinner. This project is open to the idea of Randomness: the interplay of words and musical notes; the flow of commentary through free association; songs.
Music and speech are woven together in a single narrative. The performer’s body vibrates, pushed to unprecedented directions, forced to maximise the smallest structural unit of language—word, syllable, phoneme—going against the flow of rhythm, eschewing the production of meaning for what is left unspoken.”
[Extracts from the director’s note]
[…]This explosive and epic work, by turns horrific and hilarious, appalling and endearing, is wonderfully brought to the stage thanks to Elli Papakonstantinou’s imaginative direction, Aglaia Pappa’s narrative verve, Tilemachos Moussas’ delightful music, Nikos Giousef’s exotic musical saw, Alejandro Chiacon’s expressive guitar-playing and singing, all of which conjure an energetic performance. A positively theatrical experience, which I watched two months ago inside the rose garden of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi and which I wholeheartedly recommend[…]
Dimitris N. Maronitis, To Vima