Lotus eaters – Panos Delinikopoulos

Amica mea
Inspired by Ovid’s Heroides and epigrams from the Palatine Anthology

“As for myself, though you should come straightway, I surely shall seem grown an aged dame after twenty years of not seeing you.”

In Heroides, Ovid reinvents female figures of ancient Greek mythology – as developed through the Homeric epics and tragedies – and establishes a new literary genre: epistolary poems. His epistles tackle the standard themes of mythology: human experience and human relationships; love, absence, and death; the expectation, possibility, and denial of fulfillment.

In Amica mea, symbolically set at the ancient Athenian cemetery of Kerameikos, the up-and-coming Thessaloniki-based director Panos Delinikopoulos delivers a performance about absence and memory, a performance setting forth a request which remains unfulfilled as it struggles to reach its recipient. Three actresses immerse themselves into a site of memory, carrying the epistles of the author of Metamorphoses, interspersed with love and funerary epigrams from the Palatine Anthology set to music, translated by Nikos Chourmouziadis. The three women seek the absent recipient of letters from the past. They lend their bodies to voices once heard; voices that have since been travelling through space and time, until their request is finally delivered.


The venue is courtesy of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports - Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens