Onassis Stegi, Athens, GR
7 & 8 February 2024, Festival Brandhaarden, Amsterdam, NL
“Nekyia” is a unique viewing and listening experience of the most arresting rhapsody of the Homeric epic, forged by the premier creator of the Greek rock scene, Giannis Aggelakas, on original music and the Europe-wide emerging choreographer and stable collaborator of Onassis Stegi, Christos Papadopoulos, on stage direction.
On December 21, during the longest nights of the year, we will be led to the most otherworldly, arcane, and almost occult landscape reminiscent of Homer's Odyssey in Book 11, which details Odysseus's (Ulysses's) descent to Hades. Following Circe's advice, Odysseus and his companions leave the goddess's island, setting sail for the Underworld. There, Odysseus seeks an oracle from the soul of the seer Teiresias to learn how they can ultimately return to Ithaca.
In “Nekyia” the viewer is not invited to an ordinary dance or theater performance. They will not typically attend a concert, but rather a sonotropic state in the form of a ritual, a distinct experience of “descent” with the original music score by Giannis Aggelakas and the images of Papadopoulos as companions. Narration on stage is performed by Olia Lazaridou, as well as Giannis Aggelakas. Together with two musicians, four female voices, and the sound design of Coti K., they accompany us on a “surround” descent into Hades, our core emotions, and deepest selves.
TRANSLATION INTO MODERN GREEK GEORGIOS PSYCHOUNTAKIS
CONCEPT, ORIGINAL MUSIC, ARTISTIC SUPERVISION GIANNIS AGGELAKAS
DIRECTION CHRISTOS PAPADOPOULOS
FREE ADAPTATION & ORIGINAL LYRICS GIANNIS AGGELAKAS, THEODORA KAPRALOU
ORCHESTRATION GIANNIS AGGELAKAS, ELIAS BAGLANIS
SOUND DESIGN & ADDITIONAL MUSIC COTI K.
DRAMATURGICAL EDITING THEODORA KAPRALOU
SET DESIGN CLIO BOBOTI
LIGHT DESIGN ELIZA ALEXANDROPOULOU
LIGHT DESIGNER ASSISTANT MARIETTA PAVLAKI
COSTUMES ELEFTHERIA ARAPOGLOU
DIRECTOR ASSISTANT EIRINI BOUDALI
SET DESIGNER'S ASSISTANT MARILENA KALAITZANDONAKI
NARRATION OLIA LAZARIDOU & GIANNIS AGGELAKAS
MUSICIANS ELIAS BAGLANIS (KEYBOARDS, ADDITIONAL MUSIC), NIKOS GIOUSEF (MUSICAL SAW), DIMITRIS SALEPAKIS (PRERECORDED MODULAR SYNTHESIZER)
VOCALS NEFELI BRAVAKI, EIRINI KOLIOUSI, PANAGIOTA KOLIOUSI, MYRTO STAVRAKIDOU ZACHOU
LIGHT INSTALLATION PERFORMERS PAGONA BOULMPASAKOU, AMALIA KOSMA, THEMIS-ARIADNE ANDREOULAKI, EIRINI BOUDALI
SURTITLES’ TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH MEMI KATSONI
SIMULTANEOUS SURTITLING YANNIS PAPADAKIS
PRODUCTION – LINE PRODUCTION WILD ROSE PRODUCTIONS / GIORGIS DRAGATAKIS – EVANGELIA PETRAKI
LINE PRODUCTION CULTOPIA / KASSIE KAFETSI
PRODUCED BY ONASSIS STEGI
Supported by the Onassis Stegi “Outward Turn” Cultural Export Program.