Curation: Dimitra Kondylaki
Archival research - dramaturgical collaboration:
Grigoris Ioannidis - Manos Katatzogiannis
Set design research:
Loukia Martha - Alexandros Vazakas
The Athens & Epidaurus Festival will honour the recently departed major playwright Loula Anagnostaki, who passed away last October, with an ambitious tribute to her entire body of work, revisiting and reintroducing her plays.
In times such as ours, with the political being identified with extroverted attitudes, the tribute to a woman playwright tackling 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 time being on a par with European theatre thanks to its distinctive, individual language. A theatre that is even today unique and moving and can still unlock hidden parts of ourselves.
“Rooms of Memory. Wandering into Loula Anagnostaki’s World” is the title of an atmospheric retrospective-installation investigating the relationship between the life and the work of this major dramatist, as well as the history of her productions.
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? This poses a great challenge, considering the writer's tools are words rather than images; writing rather than appearance. The curator needs to delve into a way of thinking, into a labyrinth of free associations, references, memories, correlations, encounters, coincidences, all of which collectively comprise the writer's pool of inspiration. The curator needs to invent a new hyper-dramaturgy, based on the plays themselves - inevitably a subjective and therefore perpetually open and indefinitely in-progress project.
Based on archival material which will be displayed in a comprehensive manner, the exhibition invites visitors to establish their own, individual bond with Loula Anagnostaki’s world, yielding new reading on each new visit, ‘guided’ by the late dramatist herself.
Opening hours: 20:00-24:00
A three-day dramaturgy-scenography workshop was held in connect to this exhibition with the participation of students from the Department of Interior Architecture of the University of Western Attica and the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Crete.
The workshop was entitled: “From the dramatic to the architectural space based on set design. Visual/space approached on the occasion of the exhibition on Loula Anagnostaki”
Loukia Martha, Chara Agaliotou, Giannis Sgouras, architects (University of Western Attica)
Alexandros Vazakas, professor of architecture (School of Architecture, Technical University of Crete)
Dimitra Kondylaki, theatre researcher, curator of the exhibition
Grigoris Ioannidis, assistant professor, Theatre Studies, University of Athens
Manos Karatzogiannis, actor-director
Workshop dates: 20-21-22 April 2018
THE TRIBUTE INCLUDES:
3 June - 19 July (Peiraios 260, A)
Retrospective - exhibition: “Rooms of Memory. Wandering into Loula Anagnostaki’s World”
10-12 June (Peiraios 260, B)
The City, dir. Yiannis Moschos
11 June (Peiraios 260, A)
Symposium with the participation of artists, theorists and writers
17-19 June (Peiraios 260 B & E)
Loula Anagnostaki: A Construction Site, dir. Roula Pateraki