The Hero is a solo performance based on the concept of the Hero, not only as a historical figure but also as the outcome of human intellect. Are heroes a figment of the imagination or do they reflect the society from which they originate? This dilemma lays the foundation for the case studies that Sofia focuses on, using paradigms of mythological heroes, comic book heroes as well as super-heroes.
On a mocking and playful tone, Sofia flirts with the provocative charm of the idea of the heroic bringing a polymorphic hybrid of a hero to the stage; a narrative with its own merit that attempts to elucidate the inexplicable.
The concept of "playing" lies at the very heart of Sofia Mavragani’s work. In her previous works, as well as in The Hero, she creates and organizes the performance material based on gaming strategies, with great emphasis being placed on humour. She explores the concept of performance identity, while at the same time experiments with the performance’s constituent elements and their boundaries by tampering with their defining conditions or even by introducing unpredictable variants.
concept - creation: Sofia Mavragani
performance - co-creation: Nontas Damopoulos
music - sound design: Anthony Palaskas
dramaturgy: Miranda Manasiadis
costumes: Paul Thanopoulos
light design: Vassilis Klotsotiras
assistant choreographer: Drosos Skotis
performer training: Melina Seldes
communication and press: Yorgos Katsonis
performance photos: Despina Spyrou
graphic design: Dimitris Politis
trailer: Nikos Vavouris, Nikolas Kiritsis
Premiered at Porta Theatre - Athens / Season 2015-2016
1 APRIL 2016 : Trikala Μinicipality Center, Trikala
3, 4 APRIL 2016 : GARAGE Performing Arts Center, Kerkyra
6 APRIL 2016: Theatrodromio, Kozani
25, 26 NOVEMBER 2017: dubitanda festival/ Cyprus Theatre Organisation, Nicosia, Cyprus