Curation: Dimitra Kondylaki
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival will honour the recently departed Loula Anagnostaki, arguably the greatest contemporary playwright in Greece, by revisiting and reintroducing her work. The main focus of the tribute will be a retrospective exhibition covering the most important aspects of her work from the 1960s to our days (archival research-dramaturgical collaboration: Grigoris Ioannidis - Manos Karatzogiannis, scenographic research: Loukia Martha - Alexandros Vazakas). The tribute will also include a seven-hour performance by Roula Pateraki, Loula Anagnostaki: A Construction Site, a post-dramaturgical approach of Anagnostaki’s entire body of work, featuring actors who performed in iconic productions of her work, as well as a production of The City (1965), one of her most pivotal plays, directed by Yannis Moschos. A symposium involving artists, theorists and writers linked to Loula Anagnostaki will also be held, establishing the theatrical/dramatic act, theory and literature as three distinct fields through which one can approach her oeuvre.
In times such as ours, with the political being identified with extroverted attitudes, the tribute to a woman playwright who approaches the political from a subtle, inner, low-key, existential point of view is of cardinal importance to us. Anagnostaki’s theatre is one of memory, subconsciously inscribing the historical into the personal, a kind of theatre that goes deep to investigate the necessity of diversity, individuality, resistance to a collective fate. Her theatre is a reference point of contemporary Greek identity, at the same being on a par with European theatre thanks to its distinct, individual language. A theatre that is even today unique and moving and can still unlock hidden parts of ourselves.
“From the dramatic to the architectural space based on set design.
Visual/space approached on the occasion of the exhibition on Loula Anagnostaki”
Combining the artistic and educational aspects of the tribute, on the occasion of the exhibition, a three-day workshop will be held in April, with the participation of students from the Department of Interior Architecture of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete.
How can the concept of a space facilitate the presentation of a dramatic/literary project? How can a visit to an exhibition be transformed into an experiential event? Loukia Martha, Chara Agaliotou and Alexandros Vazakas will address these questions, working together with theatre researchers and artists. The workshop aims to explore the concept of space as an active field requiring narrativity, malleability and movement in order to capture and impart a creative process.
The workshop will be structured in three parts:
a) The creation of architectural prototypes in the form of models, 2D or 3D designs, video.
b) The workshop activities will be captured in photographs and video.
c) The creation of a video, usingAnagnostaki’s work as an inspiration.
The most impressive works to come out of the workshop (models, designs, videos, photographs) will be exhibited during the scheduled exhibition.