Skin (ΔΕΡΜΑ)

oδc ensemble
photo © Alex Kat
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Alex Kat
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
photo © Lukas Vasilikos
REVIEWS

The political performance “ΔΕΡΜΑ/SKIN” opened at ‘Vyrsodepseio’ in December 2013 performed with great audiences until June 2013.

The director Elli Papakonstantinou, inspired by the authoritarian state “Leviathan” by T. Hobbes, creates a site specific performance, which is structured as a triptych and is developed in three different areas of Vyrsodepseio. The SKIN is not a classic show. It is a celebration, a "tribute" to the mechanistic work, monotony and apathy. It is a poetic metaphor for the current state of Greek society into crisis and the development of a powerful authoritarian state-Leviathan, a conservative doctrine against human rights and freedom of thought.

In its original concept it takes part in three different spaces of the old tannery ‘Vyrsodepseio’ as a site-specific promenade performance.

The performers come from different backgrounds (theatre-dance-music) and they are all activists.

 In the original performance: Part one of the triptych takes place in an area 15m x 7m of the industrial space, which is flooded and turned into a river and shaped into an utopian space. The audience traverses this transformed space in a special boat and views live performance behind windows. It is a passage from real life to the other world of Leviathan.

Part two of the triptych takes place in an area 10mx13m. It is a performance with no text as the show draws from the world of silent movies (use of silent movie technics, black and white set and acting expressivity). The action takes place in a tannery where human skin is processed. It is an area of monotonous but also paradox human labor, with a shift in the roles of power, violent bursts and poetic references. It all culminates with a shift: the whole scene becomes a metaphor with a cluster of ‘broken’ images and references to Greek history and the National Hymn passing in front of the audience in silent movie cartons while a pinup girl removes from her bag all kind of consuming products (TIDE, Coca Cola etc.)

For the third part the audience has to shift the angle of perspective and look towards black curtains that open theatrically to reveal “the Ritual of the Triumphs of Leviathan” in a club. Contemporary society, politicians congratulating the living for succeeding to exceed possessed power and Hobbes theories all whirl in a poetic manifestation of neoliberalism.



​Credits

Concept/Directing: Elli Papakonstantinou
Dramaturgy: Stathis Grafanakis
Original Music: Tilemachos Moussas
Scenography: Telis Karananos & Alexandra Siafkou
Movement: Valia Papachristou & Christina Sougioultzi
Ass. Directors: Thomas Diafas, Davydd Cook, Semeli Haviara

Performers: Adrian Frieling, Valia Papachristou, Lefteris Zimianitis, Aggelos
Kalinoglou, Anastasia Katsinavaki, Thanos Kosmidis/Kosmas Hatzis, Nefeli
Papaderou, Valia Tzanetou, Stella Christodoulopoulou.

 

Some reviews on Skin (ΔΕΡΜΑ)

“SKIN is a personal comment on the question of "Greekness" and the crisis of western Capitalist system, developed as a triptych and is spread over three different areas of an ex-tannery.Elli Papakonstantinou intersects these issues not with the precision of ascalpel, but with rough rawness that requires stripping down to one’s nakedness.”
 (Elculture.gr)
 
“Spectacular and bizarre, chaotic and deafening ...SKIN is definitely an experience”
(Athinorama)
 
“SKIN performance is a powerful experience and is ideal fore qually intense debates.And it's worth, since its awesome”
(Eleftherotypia newspaper)
 
“The audience will understand from the very first scenes that they re about to experience an alternative theatrical performance with postmodern aesthetic to represent and comment on the nightmarish aspectsof neoliberalism, the mechanistic work and authoritarian state.”
(Clickatlife.gr)

“SKIN undoubtedly delivers a dense dramatic universe to the viewer,captivates and stimulates the mind with multi-layered conceptual, visual and auditory stimuli, which are not all equally straight forward; maybe, that's the reason why this performance asks for the recruitment of each,making it a personal experience,rather than a closed performance.”
(Elculture.gr)
 
“... a message subversive and simultaneously denouncing the entire political system: actors’ physicality and deeds are particularly eloquent, to the extend that speech sounds redundant”
(Eleftherotypia newspaper)
 
“We applauded standing on our feet. We can not rate this performance-installation,simply because this is a masterpiece!!!…We were shocked and commenting...Elli Papakonstantinou and talented OΔC team offered usa superb political spectacle, avant-garde resistance and finally left us with a deep feeling that our skin is the last fortress between us and the system”
(Kulturosupa.gr)
 
“Like a Bruegel painting coming alive... SKIN is of exceptional beauty and artistic excellence, with actors who are excellently physical,being on feverish alertness and with a very sharp expressivity.  Elli Papakonstantinou confronts us with the End of an Era and throws in our face all drawbacks and defaults we share, which led us where we stand today as a nation. Clichés and stereotypes that nourished past generations, are parading in front of our eyes. She also points the end of Western civilization, at least as we knew it today.”
(Artatnet.gr)