poetry by Aggeliki Sigourou
Director: Natalie Katsou
Set and Costume: Jimmy Zafeiriou
Lighting: Yiannis Vollelis
Choreographer: Artemis Ignatiou
Produced by En Spoudi
Cast: Maria Kokkosi, Maro Morou, Dimitra Vlachou, Eugenia Sigalou
Eilissos Theatre Athens, Spring 2008
and Ermoupoleia Syros Festival 2008, Appollo Theatre Syros
*photos by Frosso Kanellidou
“the play will be non-stop”
the poetic monologues by Aggeliki Sigourou
in performance by the theatre group “En Spoudi”
May 2008 in “Eilissos”- Aglaonikis 3, Vouliagmenis av.
Three women; three voices rather. Personalities that destroy their “honorary statues” themselves and set themselves free of the myth and the burden of being worshiped as such. Snowwhite, August Strindberg vs miss Julia, Josephine in a way that does not match to the usual idea.
We sought for experimentation this year. These poems of high level of language and beauty, written by Aggeliki Sigourou, enchanted me since the first moment. They challenged me. I could see the words getting life on stage. To me they were human. And maybe in the end they are not but one sole hurt, sensitive, passionate, outworn of too mush glory, beautiful in its truth.
Trying to make a performance out of written poetry in a small old house was a struggle against ourselves. The power of speech, of emotion, seduced us in a strange trip. I let myself be taken in the magic of this double metamorphosis: the heroines of the poems, and then the actors, Dimitra, Maria, Mary, Eugene, getting bold, extreme, curious, different everyday, together with the ideas of this great choreographer, Artemis Ignatiou. Change of identity, reversing the stereotypes, confronting with ourselves. We followed Snowwhite, August Strindberg, Julia, Josephine in this special search. We became their toys. We became friends with them, with our own fears and insecurities, our everyday struggle. Ghosts and phantoms never die- luckily, because we need them, it’s us.
“miss Julia confronts m. Strindberg and herself, she demands to be set free, to change the end of the story, Snowwhite in self-exile, disgusted of being a symbol of beauty, refuses food and pity, Josephine breaks her silence, longs for the return of Napoleon, does not accept to be forgotten. Passion, dependence, pain. Three heroines beyond their myth, taking out what is fake, re-born next to us. Four persons in the verge of madness. And what cannot beuttered, becomes motion.”