20:30 40′ | Relic – Euripides Laskaridis
In a makeshift room, decorated in a haphazard DIY fashion, a performer puts his notably awkwardly shaped body under the magnifying glass. Magic comes from the mundane and references to cabaret, vaudeville and slapstick abound. Greek artist Euripides Laskaridis is preoccupied by ideas about transformation and ridicule. By testing the limits of our acceptance of the incongruous and unfamiliar, performer and audience alike will experience a moment of transcendence.
Euripides Laskaridis (director, performer) tackles with the themes of ridicule and transformation. He studied acting in Athens at the Karolos Koun leading drama school and directing (MFA) in New York’s Brooklyn College on an Onassis Foundation Scholarship. He has been performing since 1995, working with such directors as Robert Wilson and Dimitris Papaioannou. He began directing his own work in 2000, both stage works and, later, award-winning short films. In 2009, he founded the OSMOSIS Performing Arts Co and presented works at the Athens Festival, the Greek National Theatre, the Embros Theatre squat, and elsewhere in Greece. The company’s most recent work — RELIC — was selected for Aerowaves 2015, opening in Barcelona that year before going on to appear at eighteen international festivals across Europe, including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and Kalamata International Dance Festival, Chantiers d’Europe (Théâtre de la Ville), Comédie de Reims, Lyon Biennale de la Danse, the Barbican Pit at the London Mime Festival, Helsinki Side Step Festival (Zodiak), Zürich Theaterspektakel, and the Dublin Dance Festival in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2016 Euripides was awarded one of the inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowships, and will be spending three months alongside the director and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio in Auckland and Santiago to observe his working methods until mid January 2017. Euripides’ new work — TITANS— will première in 2017.
Director, choreographer, performer, set design: Euripides Laskaridis
Consultant to the director: Tatiana Bre
Dramaturgy consultant: Alexandros Mistriotis
Costume: Angelos Mendis
Sound design: Kostas Michalopoulos – Nikos Kollias
Music consultant: Kornelios Selamsis
Lighting consultant: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Light installation / Photo: Miltos Athanasiou
Lighting technician: Konstandinos Margas – George Melissaropoulos
Assistant director: Ioanna Plessa
Special constructions: Marios Sergios Eliakis, Ioana Plessa, Melina Terzakis
Creative production: James Konstantinidis, Natasa Kouvari
Production Manager: Maria Dourou
Relic is a co-production of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival and the OSMOSIS Performing Arts Co.