direction: Argyro Chioti
music: Jan van de Engel
stage set: Eva Manidaki
costumes: Pavlos Thanopoulos
llight design: Tasos Palaioroutas
dramaturgical consultant: Christiana Galanopoulou
direction assistant: Daphne Koutra, Matina Pergioudaki
artistic associate: Ariane Labed
cast: Efthimis Theou, Konstantinos Koytsolelos, Evi Saoulidou, Eleni Vergeti, Antonis Antonopoulos, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Georgina Chriskioti
THE ROLES: Dimitris Kalafatis: Efthimis Theou, Giorgos Simopoulos: Konstantinos Koytsolelos, Maria Kalafati: Eleni Vergeti, Anna Papadimitriou: Evi Saoulidou, Christina Simopoulou: Georgina Chriskioti
chorus: Evdoxia Androulidaki, Antonis Antonopoulos, Evi Saoulidou, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Georgina Chriskioti, “The pears” band: Eleni Vergeti, Evi Saoulidou, Georgina Chriskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki
Performance with Polish and English surtitles
After his awarded collaboration with Yorgos Lanthimos in the films Dogtooth, Alps and The Lobster, recently awarded at Cannes 2015 Film Festival, screenwriter Efthimis Filippou is bringing his unique fictional world for the first time on stage, with a theatrical play written especially for Vasistas Theatre Group.
Dimitris Kalafatis, aged 40 or so, accidentally rips open his throat in July 1989. He can only watch on as his wound fails to heal, festers and leaves its bloody traces on his shirt, his pillow, and the bodies of his wife and children. He writes to his dearest friend about it.
BLOODS, takes the form of the correspondence between two friends. The play, laced with the bizarre and the humorous, with politician’s paranoid speeches and the daydreams of ordinary folk, is transformed by Argyro Chiotis’ direction into a punk oratorio awash with surrealism and quick-witted comedy. On stage, a poetic atmosphere and a vibrant theatricality delineate anew the concept of the theatrical chorus, ancient and contemporary. The themes of community and the relationship between public and private space, collective and individual memory and responsibility run through the play, treated in purely musical terms, like an informal, absurd concert.
The stage is turned into a ring within which A. Chioti orchestrates an oratorio of bodies and emotions, outlandish fantasies and revelatory admissions. The corresponding characters are brought to life and invite us to bear witness to their reality. The play becomes an extended-play love song to our personal and collective traumas and, ultimately, to the bizarre feeling of living in a world haunted by open wounds and vital lies. Open wounds function symbolically allowing us to observe how these people cope with everyday life, its decay and reality.
The correspondence sketches the relation with oneself, with the other, the friend, the political framework, the relation with the mother, desire, pain, weakness, fear, love. Lie and truth, dream and reality are twisted and left to be decoded, as does our own personal worldview in relation to the social reality that surrounds us.
Efthimis Filippou – writer
He has co-written the screenplays of the feature films Dogtooth (2009), Alps (2010), L (2011) and The Lobster (2014). He has collaborated with weekly and monthly magazines as a freelance writer. He has written the books Someone is talking by himself while holding a glass of milk (2007 MNP Publications) and Scenes (2011 MNP Publications).
Dogtooth was awarded the “Un Certain Regard” prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. The screenplay for Alps was awarded the “Osella” prize for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and the screenplay for The Lobster was awarded, before the completion of the movie, with the “ARTE International Award” as Best CineMart Project for 2013 at the 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival. The Lobster was awarded at Cannes 2015 Film Festival, with the “Prix du Jury”.
The theatre group is based in Athens, creates theatrical performances that encounter contemporary life and aims to research and experiment on stage’s action. Searching for dramaturgies that are not defined by a logic based on text or in a linear story telling, and with little use of technical means, the group orchestrate «moving images» in detail, creating a rhythm for an experience, like a music choreography in present time.
The team of Vasistas is now composed by Argyro Chioti (co-founder of the collective and artistic/stage director), Ariane Labed and Naima Carbajal (co-founders of the collective), Efthimis Theou, Eleni Vergeti, Antonis Antonopoulos, Georgina Chriskioti, Evdoxia Androulidaki.
Vasistas theatre group received for Spectacle the honors distinction of National Association of Critics of theatre and music, (for innovating theatre play) (December 2011). Argyro Chioti received the prestigious Greek theatre Prize “Eleftheria Sapoutzi” for her artistic work (September 2013).
Wonderful writing performed by a finely-tuned, highly physical company which certainly doesn’t lack for energy. Bloods is a cynical, underground but closely-observed portrayal on the fringes of the nineteen nineties. Essentially social, profoundly political, it is an allegory as surreal as the behaviours the era fed and fed into, and yet it is supremely effective for the conscience of the Crisis-era audience (…) Within this temporal framework, the playwright pretends to dip his fingertips—but actually plunges his arms in up to the elbows—in blood; into the wound that opened up then and has been dripping blood ever since; into the wound that was and is incurable. Efthimis Filippou’s symbolisms are neither obvious nor extreme. He uses the correspondence between the two men in their prime—two typical, happy, middle-class family men—to chart the landscape of an era. The best thing about Chiotis’ direction is the way she delves into the surreal even though she is ultimately dealing with a reality. She focuses between the lines, because that’s where the magic lies that will make this a classic text that withstands the passage of time.
Stella Harami, 10/10/2014, protokół dostępu: http://tospirto.net/theater/ive_seen/19654 [sierpień 2015]
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens is co-organizer of the presentation at the Festival of New Dramaturgies 2016