Big and Small Ships

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Priemere in August 2023 at Eleusis European Capital of Culture 2023

Drawing their inspiration from this eerie and symbolically charged landscape, Argyro Chioti and Efthymis Filippou compose a monologue that is constantly interrupting songs that interrupt it back. Starring Aggeliki Papoulia and The Boy.

At Vlycha in Elefsina, a small peninsula that became a ship graveyard, two siblings arrive with their truck to perform a very special ceremony: to transplant organs from their parents’ bodies into theirs and transform themselves into them. A ceremony with god and the audience as witnesses. “You must all remember that the god will be irritated if he realises that a human is disparaging such a ceremony; and if the god is irritated, then the whole effort will lead to a failure. If the god gets irritated, not only this effort will lead to a failure, but he will also punish all of us, and this punishment will not only be that we will end up in hell after death, but perhaps something even worse than that.”

Big and Small Ships” is an allegorical work about reconciliation with death, with the past and its traumas, as well as with our inevitable resemblance to our parents. Can we manage to do better than they did? A work full of illusions and interventions on the body. Can the action of previous generations be purged from the landscape of Vlycha? Can the rape committed on this peninsula of Elefsina be undone?

Written by: Efthimis Filippou | Directed by: Argyro Chioti | Music: The Boy | Lighting Design: Tasos Palaioroutas | Costume Design: Angelos Mendis | Assistant Directors: Nefeli Gioti, Aggelina Leonti | Executive Production: VASISTAS / Maria Dourou

Cast: Angeliki Papoulia, The Boy
Also on Site: Georgina Chryskioti, Dimitris Kollios

Produced by: 2023 Eleusis European Capital Of Culture
Photos: Andreas Simopoulos

In the framework of Aeschylia Festival