Re-volt Athens.

Conceived and directed by Elli Papakonstantinou
photo by Alex Kat
photo by Alex Kat
Athens: a city, a myth, a notion or the prima-donna of crisis? (hybrid performance in English)

REVOLT ATHENΣ is a poetic “Lonely Planet”that comes from the edge of Europe, where facts blare with fantasies.

Who owns authorship of our stories?

How can we reverse the stereotypical image of Athens partly perceivedas a deadened city, partly as an exotic Southern experiment on sustainable strategies in times of crisis?

Three performers on a stage-landscape of destruction and regeneration, attempt to reverse stereotypical images of Athens that are being reproduced worldwide.

Against media reports, financialbreakdowns and tourist guides, REVOLT ATHENΣ constitutes an alternative English spoken "city guide" that tries to dig out thedramatic unconsciousness of its inhabitants.
Athens is a hot city: Myths and facts, arias and noisescapes, Monteverdi and Elvis, the God of Snakes, a hybrid creature of the antiquity, tear gas, deep confessions and riots, a DIY model of Athens constitute this new media interactive alternative concert guide.

TOUR 2016

REVOLT ATHENΣ is invited to open the “Athens &Epidavros Festival”in Athens after a very success full on going tour in major European cities 
Antic Theatre Barcelona – February 2015
Musiktheatertage Festival Vienna - September 2015NeukoellnerOper Berlin, -November 6/7 2015,Workshop November 7
FΑΚΙ Festival Zagreb, 28 May 2016 

REVOLT ATHENΣ - an impressionistic journey through the sociopolitical problems of Athens today, in a crisis, which is pan-european.
15th& 16thof June
Athens &Epidavros Festival

Concept/Direction: Elli Papakonstantinou
Text: ODC Ensemble
Live music/Sound Design: Tilemachos Moussas
Visuals/Installation: Pantelis Makkas
Lights: Olympia Mytilinaiou
Installation: Telis Κarananos, Αlexandra Siafkou
Performer: Rosa Prodromou, Tilemachos Moussas, Pantelis Makkas

A production ofOdc ensemble / Vyrsodepseio. 

(Greek translation)
Interview with Elli Papakonstantinou:

Available on tour in 2016

Stage Languages: Greek, English and some German


VYRSODEPSEIO/TANNERY ( is a grass root project that sprung up as a reaction to the question: “how can we produce art in “difficult times”? It became an evolving project for horizontal politics, networking, synergies and co-operations in contemporary art. Vyrsodepseio is a vibrant cultural cell that helps the growth of innovative, hybrid art. While planning a rich weekly program, it is also a virtual platform of networking between artists and activists, international organizations and individual artists.

Vyrsodepseio/Tannery is a 2 level building with versatile multi-stages, meeting rooms and working spaces situated in the post-industrial undeveloped area of Votanikos, at the center of Athens. Formerly the largest tannery in the Balkans in the 19th century and declared cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, all activities run under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.

Site-specific performances/theatre/dance, artists in residency, support new dramaturgy, live music, festivals, seminars and educational programs, visual arts/exhibitions, community and a ctivist projects, media, clubs, etc.

Vyrsodepseio International 
Vyrsodepseio focuses on International Networking and promotes exchange between Greek and international organisations. We are in the process of building an international infrastructure for artist exchange with organisations like TEH (Transeurope Halles) International Network, IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), Panta Theater Caens, French Institute, Maison Antoine Vitez (France), Arab Platform for exchange, and the initiative AthenSYN which fosters the presentation of contemporary Greek art abroad with focus on Germany.

ODC ENSEMBLE is a politically oriented performance group. Being practitioners and citizens of a country that stands as a worldwide spectacle ‘showcase’ we are questioning the role of art. ODC Ensemble creates hybrid art, out of the box. Formed in 2001, ODC Ensemble is a registered non-profit organisation based in Athens. It is a creative team of outstanding performers, dancers, musicians and visual artists founded Vyrsodepseio/ Tannery in 2011. 
ODC Ensemble is committed to create engaged Art and to creatively bridge activism and the Arts. The involvement of local communities and volunteers is essential to its artistic work (bringing on stage more than 20 citizens that join forces with professional artists at a time). In the last ten years OΔC Ensemble has produced more than ten performances, received distinctions and awards, has been supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Arts Council (UK). The company has performed in Greece and internationally.

Elli Papakonstantinou, Director, artistic director ODC Ensemble, artistic director & co-founder of “Vyrsodepseio/Tannery Art Space”.

Elli is a theatre director based in Athens since 2010. After studying at the Greek National School of Arts, she moved in the UK to continue her studies on directing (MA at Royal Holloway, University of London). In 2011 she founded “VYRSODEPSEIO/TANNERY” independent art space in Athens. Elli is also the artistic director of the theatre company "ODC Ensemble". She creates politically engaged work (hybrid performances or staged plays).
As a director Elli collaborated with the Edinburgh Festival, (“Edinburgh 1st award 1997”) (UK), the Royal Court Theatre (UK), Athens and Epidavros Festival 2012 (GR), Princeton University, (U.S.A.), Opera House Cairo (EG), LaMaMa theatre, NY, (USA), THEATERHAUS GESSNERALLEE Zurich (CH),National Theatre of Greece (GR), National Theatre Cyprus (CY), SGT- Onassis Foundation (GR), Antic Teatre International Barcelona (SP), “XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama”, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, (GR) International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo (EG), Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), International Festival Iraq, etc.
She has collaborated with playwrights Sarah Kane, Rona Munro, Tammantha Hammershlag etc. She has been awarded with a “Fulbright Artist’s Award 2004-2005 for her overall work as an artist for her research at the Music & Advanced Media Lab of the Princeton University. 

Tilemachos Moussas was born in Thessalonica, Greece. After his studies at Agostini music school he was offered a place and a scholarship to Berklee Music School. In 2002 he formed his own jazz band “Tilemachos Moussas quartet”. He has worked with many important musicians such as: Damo Suzuki, Savina Yannatou, Blaine Reininger, Julia Kent, Pamelia Kurstin, Lena Norin, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Missirli Ahmet, D. Kamarotos and has performed with artists such as Chico Freeman, Sheila Jordan, Jerome Rothenberg . Tilemachos and his band have played as guest in concerts for bands and musicians such as: Anouar Brahem, Nouvelle Vague, Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), Ozric Tentacles, Manhattan Vibes etc Tilemachos composed the music for several plays and performances such as: "Richard II" directed by Elli Papakonstantinou, 2014 , "Adio Adio Amore" (part of the music) choreographed by Daphnis Kokkinos -2013 Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, "D.OPA." choreographed by Patricia Apergi -Les Hivernales Festival 2013,Avignon –France, "DERMA" directed by Elli Papakonstantinou, 2013, "Woyzeck Quartet" directed by Elli Papakonstantinou , Hellenic Festival 2012, "Fonissa" directed by Stathis Livathinos 2011.
He composed the music for the films: "Anemistiras" & “The stranger” .
He is a member of ODC ENSEMBLE since 2009.
Tilemachos has played and performed in many well known concert halls and in Festivals all over the world.

Pantelis Makkas (Greece, 1976) studied photography and Fine Arts in Athens and Prague, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2007 he received a scholarship from De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Since 2009 takes his doctoral dissertation in artistic research at the University of Leiden and PhDArts. His work deals with video installations, artistic research and performances. His work has been presented in Greece and abroad. Solo exhibitions have been presented at the Macedonian Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Benaki Museum, Public Space with a Roof - Amsterdam, Rijks Academy - Amsterdam, and he participated in group exhibitions in De Appel, Greek Biennale, Camp, Michalis Kakogiannis Foundation, Luigi Pecci Center - Italy, De Buren - Brussels, Akademski Filmski Centar - Belgrade, Bios Romantzo, WTC Art Gallery - Rotterdam, Positivism SMBA - Amsterdam, Videoformes - France, etc. He collaborates with theatre productions since

Rosa Prodromou is a performer of Anglo-Greek origin. She studied Physical Theatre in Huddersfield, UK (2000) and completed her MA in Theatre Practice –Intercultural Studies (2002) in Exeter, U.K. In 2005-6 she lived in Berlin, where she trained and collaborated with Minako Seki, butoh choreographer. She currently lives in Athens, and works as a performer in various forms of performance arts (theatre, performance art, street theatre, cinema, video art). She teaches physical theatre to actors and non-actors. Recent collaborations in performance include: "Dourgouti Island Hotel Project", Urban Dig Project, director G. Sachinis, "Pulsar", solo, dir. John Britton, “Still nature”, Yelpdance co., dir. M. Nestora, Seven Against Thebes", Aeschylus, dir. A. Azas,  "The Just Assassins", A. Camus, dir. S. Stroubos, Zero Point theatre group (prize by the Union of Greek Critics), "Silence", dir. A. Chioti, Vasistas theatre group (selected by System Athens) etc. Cinema and video art collaborations include: “It’s Not About Fame”, dir. Anne Buerger, Berlin, “Transit” dir. Yiannis Gaitanidis, Athens, “The Rape of the Sabine Women”, dir. Eve Sussman, New York etc. She has a soft spot for improvisation and interdisciplinary projects.

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