Alternative Stage, Greek National Opera, Athens, GR
Synthesis is a new performative-installation conceived, planned and curated by choreographer Tzeni Argyriou and visual artist Vassilis Gerodimos. More than 30 artists from the whole spectrum of performing and visual arts along with students of the GNO Professional Dance School join their forces to create a long-duration work that correlates the intricate workings of the national liberation struggle with the very process of creating a complex collective artistic endeavour.
The work was created through months-long historical and artistic research and will be presented during three days, each of them conceptually corresponding to one of the three stages of the Greek Revolution (the intoxication of the initial outbreak, the middle-period introversion, and the late-phase fatigue and ultimate prevalence), offering a new, open-ended and collective account of the revolution.
During the three days of the event on the GNO Alternative Stage, audience members will have the possibility to move within the installation, follow different approaches from different viewpoints, decide for themselves the length of their stay in the venue, create their own synthesis, and ultimately experience fragments of the Revolution in the here and now.
This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Concept, planning, curators
Tzeni Argyriou, Vassilis Gerodimos
With the participation of
Argyro Chioti stage director, Georgia Mavragani stage director, Babis Makridis film director, Maro Fasouli visual artist, Nikos Papadimitriou visual artist, Vassilis Gerodimos visual artist, Coti K. composer, Fotis Siotas composer, Theo Abazis composer, Danae Bletsa soprano – composer, Kitt Johnson choreographer, Sofia Mavragani choreographer, Tzeni Argyriou choreographer, Ermis Malkotsis choreographer – dancer, Polina Kremasta choreographer – dancer, Stavroula Siamou choreographer – dancer, Dimitra Mertzani dancer, Amalia Tsekoura actor, Giorgos Zygouris actor, Elina Rizou actor, Konstantinos Zografos actor, Konstantinos Papanikolaou dancer, Kostis Koronaios actor, Filippos Tsitsopoulos performance artist, Virginia Mastrogiannaki performance artist, Martha Kylafi performer – voice teacher, Manolis Kasimakis stage & sound technician, Panagiotis Gavriil stage technician, Symeon Kostakoglou stage technician, Vasilis Sakelliou stage technician & floor installation, Vasilis Sakkis construction supervisor, Vassilia Rozana costume designer, Tasos Palaioroutas lighting designer, Andriana Chalkidi curatorial assistant, Christos Christopoulos curatorial assistant, Minas Antypas historical researcher, Eleni Riga curatorial advisor, Erato Tzavara documentation – web design, Armin Kerber artistic collaborator, Miguel Ángel Melgares artistic collaborator, Theodoros Kotepanos piano, Sofia Efklidou cello, Alexandros Asplind camera operator, Thomas Tsiftelis camera operator, Konstantinos Zves architectural design, Mary Vossou assistant visual artist, Vereniki Kontodimou assistant visual artist, Marina Papoulia assistant director to Georgia Mavragani, Dimitris Katsanis web development, Aristotelis Papakonstantinou cinematographer – audiovisual documentation, CULTOPIA production support, Amorphy executive producers
Featuring students of the GNO Professional Dance School