The Libation Βearers

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Premiere in July 2018 at Athens & Epidaurus Festival

“Am I shouting to the deaf and fruitlessly wasting my voice on people who are asleep?”

The greatest vengeful song of ancient Greek literature. A premeditated crime perpetrated on stage, with the complicity of the audience. For the fulfilment of the debt, for the repression of the oppression, for the urge of a collective rejection of the fear.

The performance is an extrovert and full of action ritual. A fest/ceremony/celebration in which the participants decide on soaking in the bloodstained myth and the political act hoping for catharsis and mental/inner uplift. Everything is evolved before the spectators’ eyes. Everything is chosen here and now.

With the use of single-strings and the sound of wood, the stage is transformed into an enormous musical instrument that cooperates with the performers’ bodies. Focusing on the chorus, this powerful voice that is constantly on stage, pushing things forward and inciting to murder, the performance approaches the play as a profound conflict between human instincts and social conformity. The chorus is a massive voice watching, directing, and ultimately holding power over everything ∙ it is the social mandate that occasionally wrests control and defines the course of history.


Text: Aeschylus | Stage direction: Argyro Chioti | Translation: Thanasis Valtinos | Dramaturgy: VASISTAS, Efthimis Theou | Lighting design: Tasos Palaioroutas | Music: Jan Van de Engel | Costume design: Iro Vagioti, with Matina Megla | Director’s assistant: Geli Kalampaka | Artistic collaborator: Ariane Labed | Set design: Eva Manidaki | Construction of musical instruments: Antonis Chatziperoglou | Dramaturgy consultant: Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos | On stage: Evi Saoulidou, Evdoxia Androulidaki, Aeneias Tsamatis, Antonis Antonopoulos, Fidel Talampoukas, Matina Pergioudaki, Yannis Klinis, Georgina Chryskioti, Eleni Vergeti, Dimitris Kontos, Argyro Chioti

Photos: Geli Kalampaka
Co-production: Athens & Epidaurus Festival | Municipal and Regional Theatre of Kavala | Philippi Festival
Supported by Municipality of Moschato & Tavros