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.