About ΟΔC Ensemble

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OΔC Ensemble
2011-2014

 
Formed in 2001, ODC Ensemble is a registered non-profit organisation company based in Athens. It is a creative team of outstanding performers, dancers, musicians and visual artists.
OΔC 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.
 
OΔC Ensemble internationally

The company’s work has been presented internationally at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 (UK), Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Princeton University (U.S.A.), the Opera House of Cairo (Egypt), the National Theatre of Greece, LaMaMa Theatre NY (U.S.A.), the 1st International Theatre Festival (IRAQ), the Inauguration Ceremony of the Library of Alexandria (Egypt), Chashama Theatre, Times Square, NY (U.S.A.), the International Experimental Theatre Festival of Cairo (Egypt), the International Meetings of Ancient Drama -European Culture Centre of Delphi, the X-Dream Festival (Cyprus), etc.

In particular they have so far presented the following performances:
  • RICHARD II, by W. Shakespeare (“VYRSODEPSIO”, PREMIERE FEB. 17, 2014- still running),
  • TOUCHING BOTTOM, by D. Dimitriades (SGT, PREMIERE OCT 23, 2013)
  • SKIN/DERMA, a performance on T. Hobbe’s LEVIATHAN (‘VYRSODEPSIO’, PREMIERE DEC.12, 2012- DEC. 22 2013), 
  • “Greece for Sale, capitalism for advanced level” co-produced with THEATERHAUS GESSNERALLEE ZÜRICH (Switzerland),
  • WOYZECK QUARTET, (ATHENS & EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL, JULY 2012), commissioned by the Athens Festival, co-produced by the Goethe Institute
  • META, a performance for the end of the world (‘VYRSODEPSEIO’, PREMIERE DEC.13, 2011. Also, presented at the “1ST International Theatre Festival Kourdistan, Iraq),
  • VICIOUSNESS IN THE KITCHEN, site-specific performance Viciousness in the kitchen, site-specific performance based on the radio play Three women by Sylvia Plath, “Sunergeio Theatre” (10/4/2010-10/5/2010) “Lithografeio” theatre, city of Patras. The performance was repeated in Athens, at «Vyrsodepseio» November 2010 and ‘X Dream Festival’, Cyprus.
  • Ma vie De Chandelles, by Fabrice Melquiot M.Kakoyiannis Foundation, Athens, prod. French Institute and “Low Budget Festival” (2012)
  • ODC (Homer’s Odyssey) narrating the whole of Odyssey. Presented at “XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama, European Cultural Centre of Delphi”, (7/7/2009), “Homereia”, Xios  (7/8/2009), “Αeschyleia”, Eleusina (7/9/2009), “International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo”(Egypt), “Alekton theatre”, etc. Supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
  • ODC…After Homer, prod. By the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Arts Council, U.K. Performed at: Opera of Cairo (7/5/2002 & 8/5/2002) (Egypt), «Edinburgh Festival 2002», C Venue (31/7/2002-25/8/2002), Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandia (Egypt), Inauguration Ceremony, (22/10/2002 & 23/10/2002), Princeton University (6/4/2003) N. Jersey, (U.S.A.), Chashama Theatre, Broadway Avenue N. York, (U.S.A.)(15/4/2003-25/4/2003), Hoxton Hall, London (U.K.)ODC Ensemble has received acclaimed reviews internationally:

“Totally mad and mesmerizing... See it to believe it”. THE GUARDIAN; "fascinating, multi-media cubist experience. These guys are so cool you just want to hang out in the underworld with them" THREE WEEKS****;
"an outstanding performance with a truly interesting and refreshing approach.” BBC WORLDWIDE

 
 
OΔC Ensemble and ‘Vyrsodepseio’, a space for the Arts
 
Since March 2011, OΔC Ensemble has been based at their own venue, VYRSODEPSEIO - the biggest tannery of the Balkans in the 19th century. The company transformed it into a multi-stage, versatile space for contemporary performing arts.
OΔC Ensemble also commits to produce and co-produce the work of other artists and companies that share OΔC’s vision. Thanks to the immense dimensions of the space (2 floors, 3000 square meters in total) and to its equally huge potential, VYRSODEPSEIO is now turning into a platform for independent dance/music/theatre companies.
OΔC Ensemble has produced or co-produced more than 21 new performances, 10 music festivals, 1 international dance festival, several dance performances, 3 ongoing platforms that run throughout the year: dramaturgy workshops, performance workshops, technical workshops engaging 300 young participants 21 new performances, 10 music festivals 2 site specific festivals (3-day festivals with more than 200 artists per day and international attendance), 1 international dance festival, 2 dance festivals, more than 500 artists were supported to develop their arts practices, 2 visual art exhibitions, 1 architect platform.
 
Also, the company launched a network of 200 volunteers and activists based at Vyrsodepseio. The network consists of a pool of people, activists, volunteers, artists from different disciplines. Its role is to bridge arts and activism, to support sensitive communities and to promote the work of NGO s with similar focus.
 
Achievements
Since 2013 and until 2018 all of the company’s activities will run under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
 In October 2013 ODC invited, organised and hosted “IETM, Athens Plenary meeting 2013” with more than 500 attendants.
ODC organised and curated a “Month of Greek theatre in France” in 2014, where 3 Greek writers and 3 directors collaborated in France with French actors and presented their work at Panta Theatre, Caen, France. The plays were translated and published in French. Then, in July seemingly French writer and director worked and presented performance with Greek actors at Vyrsodepseio.
This project was co-produced by: The Panta Theatre (France), La Maison Antoine Vitez, the  French Institure, ‘Vyrsodepseio’ (Greece).
 
ODC Ensemble has been supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture (Greece), the Arts Council, (United Kingdom), the Hellenic Foundation (Egypt) and the Goethe Institute (Germany).
Has been commissioned by the Hellenic Festival of Athens, the National Theatre of Greece, the ITI (ITI Forum for New Dramaturgy) and the French Institute.
Has been presented under the auspices of the UNITED NATIONS.
OΔC Ensemble is a full member of TEH (Trans Europe Halles), IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) and ITI (International Theatre Institute).
 
ODC ENSEMBLE  at a glance (2012-2014)
 
Artistic Ensemble- Our projects
  • 10 performances created by the “ΟDC ensemble” involving an average of 30 artists/technical staff eac

 
Workshops
  • 3 ongoing platforms for workshops that run throughout the year: dramaturgy workshops, performance workshops, technical workshops
  • 20 independent dance and theatre workshops facilitated
  • 300 young participants and more than 30 artists and academics as tutors

Productions-co/productions
  • 21 new performances
  • 10 music festivals
  • 2 site specific festivals (3-day festivals with more than 200 artists per day and international attendance)
  • 1 international dance festival
  • 2 dance festivals
  • 2 dance performances
  • more than 500 artists were supported to develop their arts practices
  • 2 visual art exhibitions
  • 1 architect platform

Other Activities
  • A network of 200 volunteers and activists and a series of projects that aim to bring the artists and the activists together.
  • More than 30 activist activities
  • Working closely with local communities and volunteers to bring on stage more

International
  • We are members of the TEH (Trans Europe Halles), IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts), and ITI (International Theatre Institute)
  • Supported by the Arts Council, (United Kingdom), the Goethe Institute, the French Institute.
  • 10 countries visited, presented programs, scoped future partnerships


Achievements


In October 2013 we invited, organised and hosted and IETM “Athens Plenary meeting 2013” with more than 500 attendants.
We organise and curate a “Month of Greek theatre ” in May 2014 in France: 4 Greek writers and 4 directors will collaborate with French actors and present their work for a month. Also, their plays will be translated and published in French. In July we plan a “Month of French Theatre” in Greece.
This project is supported by organisations such as: The Panta Theatre (France), La Maison Antoine Vitez, the French Institute, ‘Vyrsodepsio’ (Greece).
We were supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Arts Council, (United Kingdom), the Hellenic Foundation and the Goethe Institute
We presented our work in major local and international festivals with acclaimed reviews
Run under the auspices of the UNITED NATIONS