CHORUS: WE ARE HERE PREPARED FOR TRAGEDY
by Sofia Mavragani
NATIONAL THEATRE - KATINA PAXINOU STAGE (REX)
premier: 1 December 2023
A performance on the borders of lecture, dance, concert and theatre about the tragedies worth living and those not worth living. Starting from the choruses of ancient tragedies, the performance raises contemporary concerns about collective action and its capacity to shape critical interventions, to claim social change and to demand the impossible. The protagonist of the performance is CHORUS.
Choreographer Sophia Mavragani, in collaboration with the team of perfomers and to the sounds of Larry Gus' music, sets up a heretical dance about contemporary Greek tragedy. Choral odes and opinions of important thinkers of our time compose a single, collective and at the same time original text. Through the meeting of acting, dance, and performance, a polyphonic and heterogeneous ensemble is created that asserts, denounces, reflects, and divides. How does a body maintain its autonomy and at the same time redefine itself within a group? How does he/she function as a member of a social group and how it is decided who those members are? Whose tragedy is worthy of mourning?
Original idea, direction and choreography: Sofia Mavragani
Performance: Antonis Antonopoulos, Georgina Chryskioti, Antigoni Fryda, Larry Gus (Panagiotis Melidis), Maria Tsima, Maria Vourou, Kevin Zans Ansong
Dramaturgical advisor: Irene Moundraki
Academic associate: Elena Tzelepi
Artistic associate: Miranda Manasiadis
Music: Larry Gus (Panagiotis Melidis)
Costume design: Vassilia Rozana
Stage area: Thalia Ioannidou
Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Music coach: Melina Peonidou