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VASISTAS Theatre Group & Argyro Chioti

"The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri

22 APR – 7 MAY 2017
20:30
Main Stage
90 minutes
At weekends 22-23, 29-30 April and 6-7 May 2017 with English surtitles
A road trip to Hell, Purgatory and Heaven with Dante as your guide.
EARLY BIRD presale 24 FEB – 26 ΜΑR (limited tickets):
Zone A: 18 €
Zone B: 15 €
 
Full price: 7 - 12 - 18 - 20 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 6 - 10 - 14 - 16 €
Large groups (10+ people): 5 - 9 - 13 - 14 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €

Group ticket reservations at groupsales@sgt.gr
A spiritual road trip. An existential spectacle. A theatrical experience with three stops: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. For the first time, a Greek theatre company tackles the finest work to come out of medieval Europe. Argyro Chioti and VASISTAS theatre group, who have forged a career both in Greece and internationally, return to the OCC two years after BLOODS to present the Divine Comedy, Dante’s monumental “visionary autobiography”, his imaginary journey through the kingdom of the dead.

Faced with the sheer volume of Dante’s trilogy, VASISTAS create a highly concise version of Dante’s text by selecting those sections that convey its deeply personal qualities: the difficult journey made by one individual, from the dark ordeals of the everyday, through times of painful crisis, to life’s light-filled moments of escape; from immersion in a world of shadows, to an exit towards the light.
 
On stage, a tight, core group of performers will take on the narration by expanding the codes developed over recent years by VASISTAS, who place the expressive power of the body and the musical dimensions of choral forms at the heart of their practice.

Adding to its musical explorations, the performance will feature a string quartet, integrated in the scenic action.
Minimalism and electronica will interact live, with the use of modern means, thus contributing to the concoction of this particular theatrical experience: the Divine Comedy road trip.
 
Poet and translator Nikos A Panagiotopoulos, an adept in the medieval tradition and its literature and a celebrated author in his own right, has contributed to the dramaturgy.

credits

Directed by: Argyro Chioti
Dramaturgy: Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos, VASISTAS
Set design: Eva Manidaki
Costume design: Christina Calbari
Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Sound design: Jan Van de Engel
Musical supervision: Markellos Chrysikopoulos
Artistic associate: Ariane Labed
Dramaturgy assistant: Artemis Chrysostomidou
Director’s assistant: Geli Kalampaka
Assistant to the Set Designer: Myrto Megaritou
Costume Design Assistant:  Ifigeneia Daoudaki
Roller-skating coach: Konstantinos Martzekis
Executive production: Geli Kalampaka, Vassiliki Georgiopoulou

With: Efthimis Theou, Eleni Vergeti, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Antonis Antonopoulos, Georgina Chryskioti, Fidel Talamboukas, Matina Pergioudaki, Yannis Klinis
 
String quartet: Alexis Karaiskakis Nastos (cello), Phaedon Miliadis / Migen Selmani (first violin), Angeliki Kasda (second violin), Krystalia Gaitanou / Ilias Livieratos (viola)
 
The text of the performance is based on Kostas Kairofyllas’ translation of the Divine Comedy, revised by Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos.

The performance includes poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, translated in Greek by Spyros Apostolou and published by Gutenberg editions as well as Ezra Pound’s "Cantos XIV and XV", translated in Greek by Giorgos Varsos, published by Patakis editions.
 
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre
Co-production: Les Théâtres (France)
With the support of: KOMM'N'ACT (France)

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At weekends 22-23, 29-30 April and 6-7 May 2017 with English surtitles


PARALLEL EVENTS
Tuesday 25 April
Symposium for Dante

Friday 28 April
After-performance talk with Argyro Chioti & VASISTAS Theatre Group
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens

Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 May
Workshop with Argyro Chioti & VASISTAS Theatre Group

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