The birds and the lightworkers backstage are singing together
Solo Show @ Gazi Hall spaces / May 18th -August 7th 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, May 18th 2017 , 20: 00 – 24: 00
Opening Hours: Tuesday 12 : 00-18: 00, Wednesday-Thursday 12:00-21:00, Friday-Saturday 17: 00-21: 00
Address: Gazi Hall, Iera Odos 7, 3rd floor, Kerameikos, 11854 Athens, Greece
Curator: Elia Vlachou
Opening mix: Dimitris Papadatos
Based on her personal distinct experiences of the stage, and mainly a deep comprehension of the backstage, those large deserted spaces that empty out and sink into silence as soon as the lights go out, Lydia Andrioti breaks down the components of ancient tragedy to direct her own “play” – a comment on Nietzsche:
The Logos : Thespis, the first actor – “light”, converses with the “cyclic chorus” from which he has been detached, in order to act , ie to develop a dialogue and an argument.
The Music: The sounds of nature refer to the two main axes that point to the origin of music: melody and rhythm; the counterpoint between the Apollonian and the Dionysian elements, which, according to Nietzsche, is the prime expression of the tragic feeling of life.
The Space: The ancient theater becomes a mirror, confronting the spectator with himself and introducing him to a process of self-awareness.
The Stage: A massive building, emphatically oriented towards the Acropolis of the Athenian Democracy, as expressed through tragedy, and facing the Sacred Way followed by the Dionysian processions of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Both the site and the wider area of the city, are a self-referential, bitter commentary on modern expressions of Dionysian entertainment and collective ecstasy, in an attempt to escape from the prison of the Ego. In times where tragedy lost music and music lost tragedy, what do we learn from the Athens of ancient glamor in comparison to the Athens of the crisis? What remains when art, from entertainment, becomes distraction, that is, shedding? The question raised by Andrioti is directly related to the concept she has developed in her previous works (“Entertaining Maintenance”): “acting means light,” but how many are working in the dark for that light to be produced?