FFF5 | Medie Megas


Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

10-13 MAY 2018
National Theatre, Ziller Building, Hall
Us or them? A site-specific performance about the dilemmas that have divided and fanaticized Modern Greeks throughout their history. An unusual performance embracing theatre and dance components unfolds inside and around the National Theatre Ziller Building.
General presale and OCC Friends presale: from 24 APR 2018, 12:00
Full price: 10 €
Reduced, OCC's Friends & Groups 5-9 people: 8 €
Groups 10+ people, Νeighbourhood residents: 7 €
Unemployed, People with disabilities & Companions: 5 €

* Wheelchair users will not be able to attend a small part of the performance, as it will take place at a non-accessible location for wheelchairs.
** The availability of tickets for English-speaking viewers is limited.
Can we really learn something from history? Even if we realize what makes it tick, even if we understand what really happened, can we derive something useful for our lives or are we condemned as a people and as human beings to repeat the same mistakes? Why are we fanaticized by each dispute? Why does a schism arise at every turn of our history?  

With the eye of the contemporary artist who tries to understand the mechanism of the Greek fixation on dichotomy, Medie Megas takes us to early 1900s where, in the midst of clashes between the Greek factions, we find an American: Isadora Duncan. Duncan, a passionate woman and a pioneer of modern dance, twice found herself caught in the midst of historic events that marked Greek history, with violent confrontations that incurred loss of life: the 1903 language events known as the “Oresteians” and the National Schism of 1915. What was the significance of her presence in Athens at the time? What has remained the same and what has changed since then? A look at history past and present. A performative experience, an unusual adventure that starts as documentary theatre, evolves into a site-specific installation and escalates into a participatory performance.

For the performance of Trapped, the OCC collaborates with the National Theatre and travels to the Ziller Building, an edifice that plays a major role in the Oresteian events, to which the performance refers.


Concept & Research: Medie Megas
Choreography & Direction: Medie Megas in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Kate Adams, Antonis Antonopoulos, Yorgos Valais, Zoi Dimitriou, Menti Mega, Alexia Beziki, Katerina Bella, Periklis Skordilis
Dramaturgy: Kate Adams
Original Music: Chrysanthos Christodoulou
Set Designer: Maro Michalakakos
Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas
Costumes: Vasileia Rozana, Lazaros Tzovaras
Assistant Choreographer: Vaso Giannakopoulou
Historical Research: Christiana Galanopoulou
Photography: Christos Simeonides
Location Scouting: Dimitris Chalkiadakis
Sewing by: Dimitra Kapnoriza and Anna Kypraiou (students of Avioti Fashion ED)
Musicians: Michalis Vrettas (violin), Giorgos Bikoulis (accordion), 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: Onassis Culture/FFF
Co-production: National Theatre of Greece
Supported by Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center

Special thanks to: Stathis Livathinos, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Manolis Andriotakis, Penelope Iliaskou, Alkis Raftis, Alexandros Filadelfeys, Christina Mitsopoulou, Kostas Ntalas, Kostis Syfnaios, Maria Vasariotou, Giorgos Nomikos, Maria Konstantopoulou, Irini Konstanta, as well as Diagennesi Marble-Sculpture, ELIA-MIET (Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive - Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece), Anastasia Gaugiotaki, Director of Studies at Avioti Fashion ED and Bespoke & Haute Couture Department, for their support and valuable contribution in the creation process.

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The Onassis Foundation has been supportive of the National Theatre for a long time. Recently, it has been a major/primary sponsor of the 2015-2016 performances, a sponsor of the 2017 National Theatre Drama School educational programme (inviting/funding visiting scholars from foreign academies and universities) and in 2018 the Onassis Foundation subsidises the interior reconstruction of the REX building, which will accommodate the Young People’s Stage of the National Theatre.

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