Zoe Chatziantoniou

The Arrival

11-22 JΑΝ 2015
Upper Stage
1 hour (no intermission)
Age guidance 9+
What’s it like leaving everything you know behind to travel alone to a strange and distant land, to an unknown place where—for you—nothing has a name? Arrival is a tribute to everyone who has made this journey.
18 € 
Concs 10 € | Unemployed 5 €
What’s it like leaving everything you know behind to travel alone to a strange and distant land, to an unknown place where—for you—nothing has a name? What does it feel like to be a stranger in a strange land?

Based on the wordless graphic novel of the same name by the award-winning author, Shaun Tan, Arrival is a visual and auditory narrative which conveys the experience of the ‘stranger in the strange land’ in a highly inventive way. The director and choreographer Zoe Chatziantoniou has put an original production on stage which brings adults and children face to face with all the changes life can bring, with all the ‘arrivals’ big and small we have to adapt to on a daily basis.

The Arrival is a fairytale about immigration in an imaginary time and place. A father is forced to leave his family and his homeland. With just a suitcase and very little money, he crosses vast oceans to reach an unfamiliar world with bizarre creatures and things. Hampered by language most of all, he seeks shelter, food and work in order to build a new life for himself and his family from scratch.

The production is a combination of theatre, dance, photography, silent cinema, video, sound and music. Five performer-narrators employ all the means the theatre provides to compose a history of Arrival live on stage, using objects which produce unfamiliar sounds to construct the production’s sound-world (based on a conception by Dimitris Kamarotos), and conjuring up an on-stage theatrical atmosphere which is on the cusp between reality and fantasy, fairytale and life. Arrival is the story of every immigrant, every refugee, every displaced person, but it is also a tribute to everyone who has made this journey. 


Direction, Choreography & Dramaturgy: Zoe Chatziantoniou
Music & Sound Dramaturgy and Live Music & Sound Production: Dimitris Kamarotos
Set & Costume design: Kenny MacLellan
Collaborating set designers: Giannis Arvanitis, Olga Brouma
Assistant to the Costume Designer: Margarita Dosoula
Video design & processing: Vasilis Kountouris / studio 19
Lighting design: Giannis Drakoularakos
Line production: Maria Dourou
Production assistant: Tzella Christopoulou

With: Alexandra Aidini, Kostas Koronaios, Giorgos Symeonidis, Michalis Sarantis, Antigone Fryda, Hossain Amiri

Production: Onassis Cultural Centre - Athens

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Dates of performances for the public:
Sunday 11 January 2015 | 18:00
Saturday 17 January 2015 | 11:00 and 18:00
Sunday 18 January 2015 | 11:00 and 18:00

Dates of performances for schools: 
Monday 12 until Friday 16 January and
Tuesday 20 until Thursday 22 January 2015 | 11:00-13:15 

Τhe shuttle bus service will be available only for the evening performances.

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