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Theatre

Elenit

Euripides Laskaridis

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.

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About the artist

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Euripides Laskaridis (Athens) Osmosis

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.

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Media Coverage

«  The ten performers are strong in their presence, their movements are powerful and precise, and yet everything unfolding on the scene seems spontaneous and authentic. » 

Jacqueline van de Geer, Westmount Mag, 2022-06-02

“As several scenes unfold with this grab bag references, in this world of characters both grotesque and at times hilarious, you come closer and closer. For their transformations point to a deep interest in the human experience.”

Marcelle Schots, Movement Exposed (Netherlands), 2021-07-06

“It looks like nothing you’ve seen so far […] It’s the craziest thing you’ve ever watched and yet it makes sense. And it makes you laugh.”

Lina Stefanos, Athens Voice (Greece), 07-12-2019

“The unfamiliar and ‘lovable’ monster that Laskaridis creates, stands at the verge of an idealism, far from anything that the modern audience is familiar with.”

Nikos Xenios, Bookpress.gr (Greece), 30-11-2019

“This performance – neurotic and comic, tragic and sarcastic – continues to add words to the vocabulary and language created by Euripides Laskaridis, a language that is obscure yet familiar, remote yet moving […] A magnificent gesture towards the understanding of a monstrous world” 

Argyro Bozoni, Elculture.gr (Greece), 28-11-2019

“Quite simply another world. Absolutely mesmerising […] Unique” 

Yorgos Sariyiannis, To Tetarto Koudouni (Greece)

“The work is an absurd journey: phantasmagoric and ridiculous, enigmatic and disquieting. A journey through landscapes that bleed one into another without explanation, in a world made of ruins that nevertheless still stands – and captivates.” 

Maro Vassiliadou, I Kathimerini (Greece)

“An utterly controlled and dazzling aesthetic. One that does not seek to signify or to explain and yet disarms you, wins you over…” 

Vena Georgakopoulou, I Efimerida ton Syntakton (Greece)

“Laskaridis brings excess and caricature, buffoonery and scandalous vulgarity that echo the slip-ups and gaffes of burlesque or drag.”

Nikos Xenios, Bookpress.gr (Greece), 30-11-2019

Interview

“It is this human nature that fascinates me, its strangeness, its great powers and weaknesses! How we want to be the best we possibly can and yet we are doomed to face our countless limitations.”

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