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Hommage to Dimitris Dimitriadis

Dimitris Karantzas | The Circle of the Square

16-27 October 2013
20:30
Main Stage
The age guidance for this production is 16+
An hommage to the internationally celebrated Greek writer with the Greek premiere of one of his plays, staged by a talented young director and a select cast.
15 – 18 – 28 €
Concs 10 – 12 – 15 €
Unemployed 5 €
This year, the OCC will be honouring the internationally celebrated Greek writer with the Greek premiere of one of his plays, an erotic equation of passion and despair, staged by a talented young director and a select cast.

“Life is merciless. It’s much more vicious than we think”. So says Dimitris Dimitriadis, the internationally lauded author and thinker from Thessaloniki who wrote the landmark text Dying like a country. And it is the merciless quality of life, and the mercilessness of love, that occupies the playwright in this masterful work whose twists, reverses and repetitions are to play out on the Greek stage for the first time at the OCC.

The innovative 26 year-old director, Dimitris Karantzas, treats the play as an eternal song of expectation and disappointment, maintaining the relationship between narrative, movement and sound. The Circle, which the playwright dedicates “to those that live”, is an erotic equation of passion and despair which presents eleven people of different genders, generations and sexual preferences but an irresistible shared need: to be loved. But as one of the characters, Mauve, says: “We always want something that doesn’t exist. We’re never satisfied with what does. That’s our mistake, but there’s no avoiding it. It’s in our nature. We’re throwing our lives away like this, but there’s no other way to make them ours”. Which is how Dimitriadis expresses the inevitability of our existence as he pushes his heroes to the very edge, having them set themselves ablaze and kill one another only to resurrect them a little later with a single, shared hope: that maybe this time they will find love.

credits

Text: Dimitris Dimitriadis
Direction: Dimitris Karantzas
Movement: Zoe Chatziantoniou
Sound design: Dimitris Kamarotos
Set design: Eleni Manolopoulou
Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Light Design: Alekos Anastasiou
Assistant Director: Theodora Kapralou
Production manager:  Joanna Kampouridou
With: Konstadinos Avarikiotis, Giorgos Gallos, Alexia Kaltsiki, Maria Kechagioglou, Giannis Klinis, Periklis Moustakis, Aris Mpalis, Giannos Perlegas, Omiros Poulakis, Maria Protopappa, Christos Stergioglou
Artistic Director of the Hommage: Katia Arfara
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre

The world premiere of The Circle of the Square was held at Odéon, Paris, in 2010, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, as part of the French theatre’s retrospective on Dimitriadis corpus.

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On 18, 19 and 20 October with French subtitles (translated to French by Dimitra Kondylaki and Claudine Galea).
PARALLEL EVENTS

27 Oct 2013

Upper Stage

ADULTS

Discussion after the reading ''Touching the Bottom of the Sea''

22 Oct 2013

Upper Stage

ADULTS

Discussion after the reading ''Phaethon''

18 Oct 2013

Main Stage

ADULTS

Discussion after the performance ''The Circle of the Square''

15 Oct 2013

Upper Stage

ADULTS

Discussion after the reading of ''Ekkenosis"

RELEVANT EVENTS

15 - 27 Oct 2013

21:00 Upper Stage
5 € (per day)

THEATRE

Hommage to Dimitris Dimitriadis Readings: Yannis Kokkos, Argyro Chioti, Elli Papakonstantinou