Propelled by a wind turbine, strange creatures led by the fabulous Euripides Laskaridis take the spectator into a burlesque tale where chaos reigns supreme.
The Expanding Universe
A world out of time, suspended between dreams and the end of ideals. Propelled by a wind turbine, a parade of strange characters and a prehistoric beast gravitate around a smoke-spewing creature. After Titans astounded the FTA’s audience in 2018, the fabulous Greek performer Euripides Laskaridis enchants once again with his eccentric imagination in this poetic and grotesque fable about the grandeur and flaws of humanity.
Strewn with scraps of sheet metal, the stage becomes a place for bizarre apparitions where Laskaridis’ personal mythology is unleashed. An extraordinary creator of characters, he dresses up to transform his body into a theatre where gods, monsters, humans and machines come together. A work swept by an irrational wind, Elenit thrusts the spectator into a burlesque tale where chaos rules supreme. A combat in the present, before we disappear.
Produced by OSMOSIS + Onassis Stegi-Athens
Conceived and directed by Euripides Laskaridis
Performed by Eirini Boudali + Nikos Dragonas + Chrysanthi Fytiza + Manos Kotsaris + Euripides Laskaridis + Thanos Lekkas + Dimitris Matsoukas + Efthimios Moschopoulos + Giorgos Poulios + Fay Xhuma
Costume Design Angelos Mentis
Music and Sound Design Giorgos Poulios
Set Design Loukas Bakas
Lighting Design Eliza Alexandropoulou
Dramaturgy Consultant Alexandros Mistriotis
Associate Movement Director Nikos Dragonas
Assistant Director Geli Kalampaka
Composer Assistant Jeph Vanger
Costume Design and Special Constructions Assistants Filanthi Bougatsou + Konstantinos Chaldaios + Ioanna Plessa + Olga Vlassi
Artistic Collaborator – Special Constructions Anna Papathanasiou
Costume Design Assistant Aella Tsilikopoulou
Set Design Assistants Filanthi Bougatsou + Dinos Nikolaou
Stage Manager and Set Design Assistants Dinos Nikolaou + Giorgos Antonopoulos
Technical Director Konstantinos Margas
Rehearsal Light Technicians Giorgos Antonopoulos + Tzanos Mazis + Vasilis Zidros
Lighting Console Programmers Giorgos Melissaropoulos + Vangelis Mountrichas + Stavros Kariotoglou
Sound Engineers Kostas Michopoulos + Kostis Pavlopoulos + Jeph Vanger
Production Manager Rena Andreadaki
Project Manager and Tour Production Simona Fremder
Osmosis Operations Coordinator TooFarEast
Produced with the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès (Paris) within the
framework of the Programme New Settings
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) + Teatro della Pergola
(Florence) + Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse en soutien à la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 + Teatro Municipal do Porto + Les Halles de Schaerbeek (Bruxelles) + Teatre Lliure (Barcelone) + Malraux. Scène Nationale Chambéry-Savoie + Théâtre de Liège + Julidans (Amsterdam) + Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy
In collaboration with ICI—Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier-Occitanie
In association with EdM Productions + Rial&Eshelman
Financed by Ministère de la Culture et des Sports (Athènes)
Touring with the support of Onassis Culture / Stegi’s “Outward Turn” Cultural Export Program
Presented in association with Place des Arts
In North American première
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch + David Dalgeish
Premiered at Onassis Stegi, Athens, on Novembre 28, 2019
Euripides Laskaridis (Athens)
A leading light of the new Greek performing arts scene, the choreographer and performer Euripides Laskaridis has been appearing on stage since 1995 and has collaborated with many different artists, including Robert Wilson and Dimitris Papaioannou. Aiming for a flamboyant visual theatre, he has been creating his own stage and film works since 2000. He founded his company Osmosis in 2009 during the Greek financial crisis.
An extraordinary creator of characters, Laskaridis dresses up to transform his body into a theatre where gods, monsters, humans and machines come together in a mélange of circus, theatre and dance. Laskaridis received the Pina Bausch Fellowship in 2016, which allowed him to observe the director and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio at work in New Zealand and Chile.
His 2014 solo piece Relic was presented at some thirty international festivals. It features an artificial transgendered body, parachuted into domestic life. He continued to pursue his exploration of transformation and the ridiculous in Titans, which attracted a lot of attention at the FTA in 2018. Decked out in costumes and prostheses, he created a celestial world predating the gods where all the languages of the stage contribute to the creation of mystifying, poetic performances. In the third part of his trilogy on the human condition, coproduced by the FTA, Laskaridis brings to life ten characters who reveal the limits of our ideals, our perpetually evolving selves.