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IONIAN ISLANDS ’21 – Anniversary year ‘GREECE ΄21

ONLINE ROUNDTABLE

The artistic director of the Municipal Regional Theatre of Corfu (DIPETHEK), Barbara Dukas, converses with distinguished creators from the theater, in this first online discussion / round

“Vice versa: The Desire for a new ecumenical Identity”

 Sunday 21st March 2021 – Time: 18:00 (GMT+2)

The radical director Milo Rau, the pioneers Massimo Furlan & Claire de Ribaupierre, famous all over the world the world for their site-specific performances, Leo Moreira, the new enfant terrible of world theater from Brazil, Athens still remembers his unexpected ‘Odyssey’,  Αbou Lagraa, Choreographer and Co-artistic director Company La Baraka/Chapelle Sainte-Marie,and Darko Lukic, an important playwright and theorist from Croatia.

Eleni Riga moderates the roundtable.

Included are contributions written exclusively for the event by the iconic British writer Howard Barker, and the playwright and author Pablo Gisbert  co-founder of the group, El Conde de Torrefiel, from Spain.

These specific creators and people of the theater have contributed through their work on issues pertaining to national identity, to the question of what the definition of Greece and Europe is, and what are deemed as European / humanitarian “acquis”.

In a world that is increasingly evolving into an extra-human status, our speakers were chosen to discuss the relationship between the Center and the Region in a “Village that is Global”, to redefine the idea of ‘borders’, under a global pandemic and the role of theater towards the creation of an inclusive and diverse world.

Together they will add their thoughts on the topics: IDEAL STATE / IDEAL EMOTION/ IDEAL PLACE / IDEAL DEATH / IDEAL HOMELAND.


As part of the discussion, online screenings of the works of Milo Rau, Leo Moreira, Massimo Furlan will take place between March 19-21.

Specific links will be provided for the screenings between March 19-21.


Credits             

Curatorcoordinator of the project: Angeliki Poulou

Sound editing-technical support : Vangelis Pandis

Translation: Ifigeneia Doumi & Stathis Paraskevopoulos

Voice over: Stathis Paraskevopoulos

The discussion will take place in English and will be broadcast live on the FB page of DIPETHEK. https://www.facebook.com/dipethek



THE ARTISTS – PARTICIPANTS

HOWARD BARKER, Dramatist and Poet, (UK) 

Howard Barker’s first play was performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1970. Subsequently, his works were played by the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Open Space Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and the Almeida. He is currently Artistic Director of The Wrestling School, a company established to disseminate his works and develop his theory of production. His work is played extensively in Europe, in translation, in The United States, and in Australia . He writes regularly for radio, both in England and Europe . He is the author of plays for marionettes and has written three librettos for opera. Howard Barker is the author of two works of theory, and five volumes of poetry. He is also a painter. His work is held in national collections in England (V&A, London) and Europe.http://www.howardbarker.co.uk/

HOWARD BARKER

MILO RAU, Director – Author  (CH / BE)

Born in 1977 in Bern, Milo Rau is a director, author and since 2018/2019 artistic director of NTGent (Belgium). Critics have proclaimed him «the most influential» (DIE ZEIT), «most awarded» (Le Soir), «most interesting» (De Standaard) or «most ambitious» (The Guardian) artist of our time. Rau studied sociology, German and Romance languages and literature in Paris, Berlin and Zurich under Pierre Bourdieu and Tzvetan Todorov. Since 2002, he has created and published more than 50 stage plays, films, books and actions. His productions have been presented on major international festivals, including the Berlin Theatertreffen, the Festival d’Avignon, the Venice Biennale Teatro, the Wiener Festwochen and Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, and have toured more than 30 countries worldwide. Milo Rau has been awarded numerous prizes, the most recent of which include the European Theatre Prize 2018, the Peter-Weiss-Prize 2017, the 3sat-Prize 2017, the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI Prize, as youngest artist ever after Frank Castorf and Pina Bausch. In 2017, Milo Rau was voted “Acting Director of the Year” in the critics’ survey conducted by the magazine Deutsche Bühne. He has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees, first in 2019 by the Theatre Department of Lunds Universitet (Sweden) and more recently in 2020 by Ghent University (Belgium). Rau is also a television critic, lecturer and a prolific writer. http://international-institute.de/en/news/

MILO RAU

Leonardo Moreira, Dramatist – Director (BR)

Playwright and Director of the Companhia Hiato, from São Paulo, he debuted as an Author and Director with the play Cachorro Morto (2008). After that Leonardo Moreira has founded Hiato collective, which is considered one of the most promising and talented theatre groups in Brazil. Over the years they created a body of work winning several awards in Brazil: Escuro (2010 – Best Writing), O Jardim (2011 – Best Writing, Best Direction and Best Scenography), Ficção (2012 – Best Directon, Best Actor, Best Actress), 2 Ficções (2015, co-production with Kunsten Festival des Arts), Amadores (2016, Best Director). In 2018, the company celebrates its 10 years of existence with the play The Odyssey (co-production OCC / Athens and Mousonturm / Frankfurt). This show was nominated, together with Cia Hiato, at the Shell Awards Innovation for its 10 years of artistic trajectory in Brazil and abroad. His shows have been presented in the United States, Germany, Holland, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Romania, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Austria. He is also a screenwriter for films and television. http://www.ciahiato.com.br/companhia-direcao_en.html

LEONARDO MOREIRA

MASSIMO FURLAN, Director (CH)

Born from Italian parents in Lausanne on October 8th, 1965, Massimo Furlan, after having followed training at the Beaux-Arts School of Lausanne (1984-1988), initiates an operating cycle centred on the themes of the memory and the forgetting. He exposes regularly since 1987. He’s interested in scenic representation and collaborates with several dance and theatre companies. In 2003 he establishes Numero 23 Prod, pointing out performance and installation. The main thread of Massimo Furlan’s projects is biography. A simple and banal story, the story of a kid born from Italian parents in Switzerland, the story of a teenager like any other. There is no will to speak about himself for himself, as of something unusual. The evoked memories are those of all, at least those of a generation, born in the middle of the Sixties. His work is focused on the memory. The projects arise from memory images. Never bothered by the question of limits between styles, his performances consist of « long images ». They are almost motionless images. With very simple actions (a gesture, a movement, a glance) which remain a long time in front of the spectators, forcing them to enter, to become active, and to make some sense out of it: to build their own story. Christiana Galanopoulou and MIR Festival introduced to Greek public Massimo’s Furlan work in 2018 (site specific performance Travelling).  https://www.massimofurlan.com/en/presentation/

CLAIRE DE RIBAUPIERRE, Dramaturg (CH)

Claire de Ribaupierre has been a dramaturg and performer in Massimo Furlan’s creations since 2003. Doctor of Letters, she conducts research in the fields of anthropology, image and contemporary literature. She published The Genealogical Novel. Claude Simon and Georges Perec, Brussels, La Part de l’Œil, 2002, and edited numerous collective works on the question of mourning and the ghost. She worked as a researcher supported by the SNSF from 2008 to 2010 on the artistic practices of the archive, as well as a project on improvisation practices with several art, theater and music schools. Currently, she teaches methodology, dramaturgy and anthropology at La Manufacture (Haute École des Arts Vivants), for the bachelor’s in theater and dance as well as for the master’s in theatre direction. https://www.massimofurlan.com/en/presentation/

MASSIMO FURLAN &CLAIRE DE RIBAUPIERRE

DARKO LUKIĆ, Scholar – Writer (HR)

Darko Lukić is an academic, playwright and novelist from Croatia, living in Germany and working around the Europe. He is an expert in Pool of multi-disciplinary experts in The Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture, and regional coordinator for EURODRAM. As an academic he was tenured professor at Academy of Drama Arts University of Zagreb, guest professor at Faculty of Philosophy University of Zagreb – doctoral studies of theater, film, literature and culture, and a guest professor at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria) – Institut für Slawistik. As a playwright, dramaturge and a teacher worked in Austria, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, United Kingdom, Taiwan and Venezuela. His professional experience include positions of artistic director of drama theaters like National Theater in Sarajevo, artistic director and manager of Theater &TD in Zagreb, positions of Vice Dean and Deputy Dean at Academy of Drama Arts University of Zagreb, and member of various boards of the cultural institutions in the field of drama, theatre, audience development and international collaboration. His plays and theater adaptation were staged in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Spain. Published novels and theatre theory books such as “The War Trauma Drama” and “Introduction on Applied Theater”.         https://www.adesteplus.eu/lisbon-summer-school/darko-lukic/

DARKO LUKIC

ABOU LAGRAA, Choreographer – FR

Abu Lagraa,  French of Algerian descent, was born and studied dance in southeastern France, where he still lives and works in the area around Lyon. The founder of the contemporary dance group, La Baraca, choreographs not only contemporary dance, but integrates hip-hop, the memories of his homeland and the Mediterranean in general, in a constant dialogue with the body, the memory, the gestures and social prohibitions.

He directs the cultural organization La Chapelle, desecrating the site of a catholic church in the small town of Annonay for rehearsal and creation.

Since 2009, he and his wife, also choreographer Nawal Aït Benalla Lagraa, have created the first Ballet Contemporary in Algiers, creating for the National Theater the play “NYA” (meaning “to trust in life” in Arabic).

His works such as: ‘Le Souffle du temps’, ‘Univers l’Afrique’ (tribute to the singer Nina Simone),

El Djoudour (Les Racines), won distinctions and awards around the world.

The group La Baraca and Abu Lagraa, are represented by the Attiki Cultural Society.

https://www.aboulagraa.fr/

ABOU LAGRAA

El Conde de Torrefiel, Theatre Collective (SP)

The Barcelona-based collective, led by Tanya Beyeler and Pablo Gisbert, began in 2010 with La historia del rey vencido por el aburrimiento [The story of the king defeated by boredom]. Since then, El Conde de Torrefiel presents its work in cities and festivals in Spain and internationally: Festival d’Automne (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne (Lausanne) Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), etc. The duo’s most recent works focus exclusively on the 21st century and the existing relationship between the personal and the political, the relationship of the personal image with the creation of a collective fantasy, and symbols that can be exploited by the modern form of power, which is not always what it seems. In Greece, they were introduced by Christiana Galanopoulou and the MIR Festival, hosting their work Guerilla in 2016.

EL CONDE DEL TORREFIEL TANYA BEYELER—PABLO GISBERT


THE PERFORMANCES – SCREENING

The Civil Wars  (2014)

Milo Rau | International Institute of Political Murder

Screening in French & German

What’s is going on with Europe? What are these times in which we’re living? With “The Civil Wars” Milo Rau stages a four-voice lecture-performance about the premises of insurrection and political engagement. Following the twists and turns of their own biographies, four actors – Karim Bel Kacem, Sara De Bosschere, Sébastien Foucault, and Johan Leysen – question the human condition in Europe at the start of the 21st century.

More info: http://international-institute.de/en/the-civil-wars/

The Civil Wars’ photo copyright  Marc-Stephan

The Odyssey

A creation by Leo Moreira (Cia. Hiato) – 2018

Screening in Portuguese

The play weaves and unweaves a multilayered narrative that is both simple and artful in its patterning and composition. Immersing ourselves in the stories we tell may help us reconsider both the origins of Western literature and our infinitely complex contemporary world – the plight of a people who have forgotten their myths and must remember that all we have here is all that we’ve always had. We are still mythical. Grasping the small, tragi-comical details of modern day life intertwined with the Greek Ancient way of dealing with the human condition the experience of Cia Hiato’s The Odyssey is an intimate sharing between actors and audience of powerful feelings as love, sadness and anger.

More info: http://www.ciahiato.com.br/companhia-direcao_en.html

Oδύσσεια’_ photo copyright_Elina Giounanli Ligia Jardim

European Philosophical Song Contest

Massimo Furlan

Screening in French

Eleven songs written by philosophers from ten European countries and performed by young artists of HEMU University of Music Lausanne in front of a jury of thinkers who will argue to elect the best – tonight, sequins, rhythmic beats and silky voices invite you to a debate.

Song lyrics writen by philosophers: Santiago Alba Ribo / Philippe Artières / José Bragança de Miranda / Vinciane Despret / Mladen Dolar / Leo Engler / Mondher Kilani / Michela Marzano / Kristupas Sabolius / Ande Somby / Jean Paul Van Bendegem

More: https://vidy.ch/en/european-philosophical-song-contest-0

European Sοng Contest’ photo copyright_Laure Ceillier_Pierre Nydegger


Howard Barker

Howard Barker is one of Britain’s most original and innovative playwright, director, poet, painter and theater theorist. In 1987, he formed his own theatre troupe with actor friends and directors with whom he stages his own works. His theater, “The Wrestling School” – he call it Theater of Catastrophe (“Theater of Catastrophe”), influenced by Brecht and Shakespeare, seeks to form a modern concept of tragedy, bringing to the fore the problem of aesthetic and moral values ​​which he believes can never be the same, in our post-Auschwitz era.

In Greece we were introduced to his work from performances of “A New Red” (2002) “Und”, “Judith” and “Possibilities”, ‘The dying of today’ by Lefteris Vogiatzis (2009) and ’12 Encounters with a Prodigy ‘by Nikos Sakalidis (2016)

The rugged poetic language, the provocative ideas and his black humor are used to explore the idea we have of a Greece that is always evading us.

Howard Barker reserves the right to remain “angry” and to keep the door closed on the generalized notion of “mass” society and to deny the “accessibility” of everything to everyone. Consequently, he cannot participate in an online discussion, since he does not have a computer or a mobile phone. But he did write to us using his old typewriter especially for the occasion of the Anniversary of the Founding of the Greek State, because he does not believe in “IDEALS”



HOWARD BARKER

FEBRUARY 2021

First, allow me  to state the ideal  fills me with dread. In every century since  the Enlightenment,  the agony of Europe has been  the consequence  of Idealism, in its wildest or its coldest forms.  So you might understand whilst as a writer  I ban no words,  this is  one I can hardly  bring myself  to speak.  Might I  talk instead of something cleaner and less  sordid,  such as

thepreferred

or

    the  imagined-with-pleasure?

To my preferredfeeling. Unsurprisingly this relatesto  the  experience  of seduction,  and it applies equally to the  practice of  theatre  and  the act of sexual love. I have got no greater satisfaction from the performance of my own plays  than  the sense  the  public – in a state of deep anxiety – is being drawn into a place  it would not willingly go,  a place where desire kills ideology. Just  so,  in  the  seduction of a loved one, conscience is a broken toy when instinct combines with poetry.

My preferredplace  is  the  place I write  this now.  Here I am not  coerced,  here my identity is not compromised by the desire  to be liked by others. Near here my ancestors dug fields  and went to wars.  On rare occasions they killed their masters,  who were my ancestors also.  When visitors arrive  from Syria or Japan they say they recognize  this place,  as  if it had appeared to them in a dream.  Under these high walls  I  fell  in and out of love.  it is the material representation of my  soul.

Greece Cannot be Preferred

I  imagined Greece  before  I  imagined my own countrybecause  the  stereotypes are  so powerful, and not all stereotypes are lies.

Thus I knew the hoplites and  the  long-skirted women,  and the plain of Marathon – uninhabited but for donkeys and old women –  from  the  engravings  of another age,  and I could never have written my homage to Greece in my plays THE DYING OF TODAY and DOGDEATH IN MACEDONIA without these images,  which of course,  I  overturned in the normal way of artists.

But Greece now? A place  for drunken English louts,  for pitiful Germans in search of authenticity,  dancing the dances  of the Greeks,  but so badly,  its refugees,  its terrible geography?

God help any place which is a
cross-road of  cultures

But Greece is a metaphor,  as  the  home  of  tragedy must be, tragedy which cannot be made  to  imitate  the worthless gestures of didacticism as social realism is condemned to do, but being poetry remains ambiguous.

Greece  takes  too much pleasure  in contradiction  to submit to

the solution

and as  tragedy always proposes,  to the  chagrin of the idealists,

nothing is over yet



IONIAN ISLANDS: Identity as Desire / The Desire for Identity

Greek Identity functions as a ‘desire’ regardless of gender, origin or descent, illuminating the driving forces that lead to a true Revolution, individual or collective, in an “O-Place”, an ideal utopia.

Corfu, and the Ionian Islands in general, which repulsed the Turkish occupation and were a gateway to ideas and people who supported the Greek revolution, are well aware of what the ‘Desire’ for a Homeland means. They also know what can constitute the ideal for which one can fight, to reach the other end of the earth, but also to the deepest end of oneself, to feel that one belongs somewhere, that one has an identity, which allows them to create and evolve.

“By digging in the identity, you highlight your attitude”, says Lafkadio Hearn, an example of ‘a global soul’, who while searching for the “Greece” he never knew, he reached as far as Japan, having the Ionian Islands in his heart.

We too seek this Greece, through the experiences of creators that have “acted” in this Place, but also around the world, through their texts and ideas that have enlightened souls, but also through ideals that remain the driving force for creation and desire for action.

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The Municipal and Regional Theatre of CORFU is being prepared for the anniversary year ‘GREECE 21’, moving on the axis “THE REVOLUTION as a window to the Future”. Under the general title “The (Greek) Identity as Desire”, regardless of origin, gender and identity, DIPETHE aims-through its’ continuous actions- to show that this place, Greece, and what it represents, continues today and possibly in the future to constitute an ideal, a “state of mind”, a desire for a “non-place”, an ideal utopia.

Corfu, and the Ionian Islands repulsed the Turkish occupation and appeared as a gateway to ideas and people who supported the Greek Revolution. Ionian Islands’ history has dealt consistently with the notion of ‘desire”: what ‘Desire’ for a Homeland means, and what can be the ideal for which one shall fight or reach the other end of the earth, but also to travel to the deepest end of himself, in order to feel that he belongs somewhere, that he has an identity, allowing him to create and evolve. “Digging deeper into identity, your attitude is being emerged,” says Lafkadio Hearn, a ‘global soul’ figure, searching for a Greece he never got to know. Hearn reached as far as Japan, keeping Ionian Islands in his heart. This ‘idea’ that still burns in the minds and souls of people throughout the universe, regardless of origin, gender and identity, is the one that motivates us to live and act, as ‘Greeks of the World’.

We aim to explore this “Greece” through personalities who visited, admired and lived in this place, through texts and ideas that enlightened souls, but also through ideals and imaginaries that still act as driving forces for creation and desire for action.

The Thematic Axes we suggest:

A) KAPODISTRIAS – Diplomacy – IDEAL STATE
B) SOLOMOS – Romanticism – IDEAL FEELING
C) TRAVELERS – Travel – IDEAL PLACE
D) HEROES – Revolution – IDEAL DEATH
E) LAFKADIO HEARN – Universal Spirit – IDEAL HOMELAND

Our actions will unfold mainly digitally, and will be registered in emblematic spaces, within the framework of the Festival ‘CITY-SCENE’, attempting to connect events and natural or historical space : In the Old Town of Corfu, in the other cities of Ionian Islands, in historical places, archeological sites and urban routes. In selected museums, and emblematic buildings, as well as in theme parks and gardens, but also in the urban streets and squares where actual life flows and goes on.


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The Municipal Regional Theatre of Corfu (DIPETHEK), contributing to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the proclamation of the Greek Revolution, on March 21, 2021, is launching series of actions under the theme:

Identity as Desire

Wanting to convey a positive message, given the “forced” absence of physical presence in the Theatre due to the Pandemic, we are attempting to transform this challenging situation into an opportunity to meet and discuss in our new “Homeland”, the Internet, with representatives from the Theater, Philosophy and the Sciences, who perhaps, under “normal” circumstances, would not be able to congregate under one roof, together.

Following the path of the Greek Revolution, that is, tracing the imprint of Greece and Hellenism outside Greece, to creators from abroad, the artistic director of DIPETHEK, Barbara Dukas, converses with distinguished creators from the theater, in this first online discussion / round table on the Theme of Identity and Belonging:

Viceversa: The Desire for a new ecumenical Identity”

Sunday 21st March 2021 – Time: 18:00 (GMT+2)

The radical director Milo Rau, the pioneers Massimo Furlan & Claire de Ribaupierre, famous all over the world the world for their site-specific performances, Leo Moreira, the new enfant terrible of world theater from Brazil, Athens still remembers his unexpected ‘Odyssey’, the French ( with an Algerian descent ) Αbou Lagraa, Choreographer and Co-artistic director Company La Baraka/Chapelle Sainte-Marie, and Darko Lukic, an important playwright and theorist from Croatia, will meet for the first time and sit at a round table. Eleni Riga moderates the discussion.

Included are contributions written exclusively for the event by the iconic British writer Howard Barker, and the playwright and author Pablo Gisbert  co-founder of the group, El Conte del Torrefiel, from Spain.

These specific creators and people of the theater have contributed through their work on issues pertaining to national identity, to the question of what the definition of Greece and Europe is, and what are deemed as European / humanitarian “acquis”.

In a world that is increasingly evolving into an extra-human status, our speakers were chosen to discuss the relationship between the Center and the Region in a “Village that is Global”, to redefine the idea of ‘borders’, under a global pandemic and the role of theater towards the creation of an inclusive and diverse world.

Together they will add their thoughts on the topics: IDEAL STATE / IDEAL EMOTION/ IDEAL PLACE / IDEAL DEATH / IDEAL HOMELAND.

As part of the discussion, online screenings of the works of Milo Rau, Leo Moreira, Massimo Furlan will take place between March 19-21.

The participation and collaboration with the Artistic Director, founder of the French multinational group La Baraka and the La Chappelle Choreography Center, takes place in collaboration with the Attica Cultural Society that represents him.

  Curator-coordinator of the project: Angeliki Poulou

Sound editing-technical support : Vangelis Pandis

Translation: Ifigeneia Doumi & Stathis Paraskevopoulos

Voice over: Stathis Paraskevopoulos

The discussion will take place in English and will be broadcast live

on the FB page of DIPETHEK

https://www.facebook.com/dipethek

Specific links will be provided for the screenings between March 19-21.

For a more detailed overview of the work of our guests please click on the links below:

Massimo Furlan https://www.massimofurlan.com/en/presentation/
Milo Rau http://international-institute.de/en/about-iipm-2/
Leo Moreira http://www.ciahiato.com.br/companhia-direcao_en.html
Αbou Lagraa https://www.aboulagraa.fr/la-compagnie
Darko Lukic https://www.adesteplus.eu/lisbon-summer-school/darko-lukic/
Howard Barker http://www.howardbarker.co.uk/
El Conde de Torrefiel http://www.elcondedetorrefiel.com/

A few words about our overall actions in 2021

IONIAN ISLANDS: Identity as Desire / The Desire for Identity

Greek Identity functions as a ‘desire’ regardless of gender, origin or descent, illuminating the driving forces that lead to a true Revolution, individual or collective, in an “O-Place”, an ideal utopia.

Corfu, and the Ionian Islands in general, which repulsed the Turkish occupation and were a gateway to ideas and people who supported the Greek revolution, are well aware of what the ‘Desire’ for a Homeland means. They also know what can constitute the ideal for which one can fight, to reach the other end of the earth, but also to the deepest end of oneself, to feel that one belongs somewhere, that one has an identity, which allows them to create and evolve.

By digging into the idea of  identity, you highlight your attitude”, wrote Lafkadio Hearn, an example of ‘a global soul’, who while searching for the “Greece” he never knew, he reached as far as Japan, having the Ionian Islands in his heart.

We too seek this Greece, through the experiences of creators that have “acted” in this Place, but also around the world, through their texts and ideas that have enlightened souls, but also through ideals that remain the driving force for creation and desire for action.

Contact Person: Antonis Kokolakis

Εmail: kokolakispr@yahoo.gr και kokolakispr@gmail.com