Written by Menti Mega
Fast Forward Festival 2018 10-13/5 | Onasis Cultural Centre
Performed at National Theatre , Ziller Building, Hall
Us or them? A site-specific performance that explores the political and social division in Greek society throughout recent history, by examining how the famous dancer Isadora Duncan was received by the Athenians in 1903 and 1915. An unusual performance embracing theatre, dance and visual art components unfolds inside and around the National Theatre Ziller building, where Duncan actually danced in 1903. .
“Athens was then, as it usually is, in a state of revolution.”
Suddenly it seemed to me that all our dreams were nothing but a glorious soap bubble and that we were and will never be anything but people of our time.”
Was Isadora Duncan an archeologist or a pioneer? Was she a priestess or a prostitute? Was she body or intellect?
Symbolic figures like Duncan deconstruct these oppositions, embodying both poles at the same time or ultimately none of them. But do not fall into the trap of thinking this is a performance about Duncan.
The show explores more what Duncan meant for Athens, than what Athens meant for Duncan. How does someone elude these binaries which have monopolized the recent history of Greece? How is one lead to a more complex perception of history as a construction?
“Trapped,” moves between different performance modes: documentary theater, dance, historical reconstruction, guided tour, participatory performance, public space installation, and leads the audience from the linguistic controversy of 1903, to the national division of 1915, and through to today.
Systematically, over time, the divisive dilemmas and slogans, succeed in simplifying the serious issues of politics and society and the real stakes are lost somewhere along the way. In Athens, Duncan collided with a reality, which led to successive frustrations of her vision.
Concept & Research: Medie Megas
Choreography & Stage Direction: Medie Megas in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Kate Adams, Antonis Antonopoulos, Katerina Bella, Alexia Beziki, Zoe Dimitriou, Medie Megas, Periklis Skordilis, Giorgos Valais
Dramaturgy: Kate Adams
Original Music: Chrysanthos Christodoulou
Set Design: Maro Michalakakou
Lighting Design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Costumes: Vassilia Rozana, Lazaros Tzovaras
Assistant Choreographer: Vasso Giannakopoulou
Additional Historical Research: Christiana Galanopoulou
Photography: Christos Simeonides
Location Scouting: Dimitris Chalkiadakis
Sewing by: Dimitra Kapnoriza, Anna Kypraiou (students of AVIOTI FASHIO ED School)
Musicians: Michalis Vrettas (violin), Giorgos Bikoulis, Stelios Chatzikaleas (trumpet), Chrysanthos Christodoulou (saxophone)
English Voice Recording: Phillippa Howarth
English Voices: Emma Short, Kevin Parkin
Greek Voices: Nikolas Makris, Rallou Roumelioti
Set Construction: Lazaridis Scenic Studio
Production Design: Konstantinos Sakkas
Line Production: Ioanna Venetaki
Production Management: Delta Pi
Commissioned and Produced by:
Co-production: National Theatre of Greece
Supported by Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center