Viciousness in the Kitchen

oδc ensemble
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“Three Women” is a radio-play for three voices by Sylvia Plath. Each 
voice is a different aspect of the feminine. The first woman feels com-
plete through birth, the second has a miscarriage and the third one 
gives birth to a child and then abandons it. 
In “Three Women”, Sylvia Plath not only speaks about pregnancy, birth 
and death but also about those moments in one’s life, when reality is 
distorted and fantasy merges into a terrifying amalgam. It’s about feel-
ing vulnerable and it’s about the internal, the uncontrollable transfor-
mation into something yet unknown. Fears and dangers, life and death. 
This performance sprung out of a feeling of displacement. Recent po-
litical situation in Greece, anger and oppression forces us to reconsider 
theatre and to invent a new narrative that would transcend traditional 
theatrical codes: a narrative that succeeds to speak of the unspeakable 
changes that take place in ourselves and in our society.

The radio-play is the starting point for a performance of one musician 
and three performers (two women and two men). They speak in English, 
German and Greek while Sylvia Plath’s play is also projected on the set.
 
It is rather a visual arts performance, since the group worked with very 
specific visual references and since performance takes place within an 
installation. This explains why we chose to present this work in a gal-
lery or a garage or at the flat of an old Athenian building.
The criteria for these spaces have always been aesthetic and the set 
is reworked as an installation to adjust to the specific space. We also 
chose those spaces as a way to cut bridges with the establishment and 
established theatres that fail in our opinion to keep up with social need 
of a new theatre.
 
At the same time it is a musical performance, a live concert with the 
musician composing ad hoc sound-scapes that are interwoven dynami-
cally with the spoken word, or music for performers to dance. This sound 
installation takes place within a space that is “trapped” with sensors 
that give performers the chance to interfere with the composition. It all 
adds up to a live concert! 
Maybe it’s just an invitation to dinner. The whole performance takes 
place in a kitchen where Plath’s most crucial episodes of life took place, 
including her suicide. So, at the base of this event there is a very simple 
action: dinning. The performers cook for their audience while acting out 
Plath’s dangerous games. At the end, they serve and join audience for 
dinner. Now, is this theatre or an invitation to dinner?
 
Maybe this performance is neither of the above. Maybe it’s all about 
some bad guys seeking for its keen in an ugly city….And they’re doing 
so, in their own outrageous way.
The performance 
Formed in 2001, ODC Ensemble is a registered charity company based in 
Athens. It is a creative team of outstanding performers, dancers, musi-
cians and visual artists. This cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary group 
is constantly evolving with a core of Greek performers, collaborating 
with artists from Britain, Germany and France.
Through their work, they aim to develop cultural exchange between art-
ists from diverse backgrounds and are always looking to expand their 
reach to new regions. They believe in the need for ongoing experimenta-
tion in theatre and are in search of a new theatrical language that will 
transcend linguistic barriers, exploring notions of storytelling, musical-
ity in the framework of an ensemble. 
ODC Ensemble’s work has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival, 
the LAMAMA theatre, NY, the International Festival of Experimental 
Theatre in Cairo, The International Festival of Ancient Drama in Delphi, 
the Princeton University, the Opera House of Cairo, the National Thea-
tre of Greece, the inauguration Ceremony of the Library of Alexandria 
etc.
Has been funded by the Arts Council of Britain, the Greek Ministry of 
Culture, the Hellenic Foundation, etc.
 
Has Received acclaimed reviews: “Totally mad and mesmerizing... See 
it to believe it”. THE GUARDIAN
 
“An outstanding performance with a truly interesting and refreshing 
approach to the ancient Greek text” BBC WORLDWIDE
 “A mixture of theatre and music, a show that cannot be unnoticed” THE 
HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE


Director : 
Elli Papakonstantinou
Music: 
Lampros Pigounis
Set: Telis Karananos
Alexandra Siafkou
Choreographer:
 Amalia Bennet
Performers: Adrian Freiling, Athina Maximou,
 Eleutheria Gerofoka, Lampros Pigounis
Production: ODC