Eccentric, iconoclastic and existential, this mythological fable freely mixes different genres. Burlesque, cosmic and poetic, Titans is unclassifiable.
In the beginning were the Titans. Under the tender gaze of the eccentric Euripides Laskaridis, these divinities of mythology evoke the absurdity and futility of our condition as mortal beings in a cosmic fable extending to the far reaches of time and space. A leading figure on the Greek performance scene, he summons these man-sized gods to a unique, malleable universe where the grotesque rubs shoulders with subtlety, where poetry and burlesque collide.
A meditative farce, this multifarious work delights in its incongruity, boldly tossing our human routine back to the revolutions of the stars. A long-nosed celestial creature with a high-pitched voice is incarnated by Laskaridis. He portrays snow, a volcano, a housewife ironing her hair straight – fragments of daily routine, caricatures of our ordinary, world-weary gestures. Humans with their faults and their perpetual metamorphosis, these Titans offer their liberating, ludicrous laughter in contrast to our existential angst. And thus touch us straight in the heart.
Produced by OSMOSIS Performing Arts Co
Directed and choreographed by Euripides Laskaridis
Performed by Euripides Laskaridis + Dimitris Matsoukas
Set Design Euripides Laskaridis
Costume Design Angelos Mentis
Original Music and Sound Design Giorgos Poulios
Lighting Design Eliza Alexandropoulou
Programming, Sound Design and Live Music Operator Themistocles Pandelopoulos
Sound Installation and Live Music Operator Kostis Pavlopoulos
Light Installation Konstantinos Margkas + Giorgos Melissaropoulos
Dramaturgy Consultant Alexandros Mistriotis
Artistic Collaborators Drosos Skotis + Diogenis Skaltsas + Simos Patieridis + Nikos Dragonasm + Thanos Lekkas
Director Assistants Dimitris Triandafyllou + Paraskevi Lypimenou
Set and Costume Designer Assistant Ioanna Plessa
Production Assistants Samuel Esteves Querido + Lisandra Caires
Set Assistant on Tour Tzella Christopoulou
Production co-ordinator Elisabeth Tsouchtidi
Production manager Maria Dourou
In collaboration with EDM productions / Rial & Eshelman
Created with the support of Fondation d’ entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings program (Paris)
Coproduced by Athens & Epidaurus Festival + Theatre de la Ville (Paris) + Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture + Festival TransAmériques + Julidans Amsterdam + Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall + Centro Cultural Vila Flor (Guimarães)
With the support of O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo) + NEON Organisation for Culture and Development (Athens) + Centre Culturel Hellénique (Paris) + Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Centre (Athens)
Presented by Infopresse in association with Usine C
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Athens & Epidaurus Festival, on June 6, 2017
Euripides Laskaridis (Athens)
OSMOSIS Performing Arts Co
A leading figure on the contemporary Greek performance scene, the young choreographer and performer Euripides Laskaridis studied acting in Athens at the Karolos Koun Art Theatre and directing at Brooklyn College in New York.
A performance artist since 1995, he has worked with directors such as Robert Wilson and Dimitris Papaioannou. He has been presenting his own theatre and film works since 2000, and has received acclaim for his short films. In response to the Greek financial crisis, in 2009 he founded his own company Osmosis and created Relic, a work selected for Aerowaves and presented in Barcelona in 2015.
It was also featured at some twenty international festivals, including Biennale de la danse in Lyon and Chantiers d’Europe of Theatre de la Ville in Paris. In 2016 Laskaridis was awarded one of the inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowships, which enabled him to observe the choreographer Lemi Ponifasio at work, in New Zealand and Chile.
For his first visit to the FTA, Laskaridis and his company Osmosis will present a piece for two performers that combines theatre of the absurd with dance, circus and burlesque. In Relic, Laskaridis employed an artificial transgender body, a grotesque creature flung into a terrestrial décor. In Titans the performer continues his exploration of transformation and the ridiculous.
Wearing costumes and prostheses designed by Angelos Mentis, he anchors his fable in a celestial universe in a time before the gods. He delves deeper into his study of the human condition by means of archetypes whose faults reveal the limits of our ideals, of humankind in perpetual evolution.