ELENIT BY EURIPIDES LASKARIDIS
Photo by Elina Giounanli
Photo by Julian Mommert
Photo by Julian Mommert
Photo by Julian Mommert

ELENIT

By Euripides Laskaridis || Osmosis

The things we know we knew are now behind

RELIC [2015] was a domestic scene, its lone mortal lost in a terrestrial world after the end of reason. TITANS [2017] created an alien space for two, its co-dependent deities inhabiting a metaphysical realm in a time before reason. The new tragic comedy by Euripides for 2019 – ELENIT – further expands this universe. An ensemble piece for ten creatures and a wind turbine, ELENIT forgoes all reason to forge a space without past or future. A monumental system interested only in the urgency of the moment. A place where the things we know we knew are now behind.
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Reviews

— ARGYRO BOZONI // ElCulture

“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. It gifts audiences with the freedom of distance, allowing them to draw the line and observe, then cross the line and connect. The heroes of this world stand way over there, calling on you to explore, to desire, to feel the inexplicable. Following on from TITANS, ELENIT is a magnificent gesture towards the understanding of a monstrous world, another bright light in the creative development of this important contemporary Greek artist.”

— MARO VASSILIADOU // I Kathimerini

“This irrational world – fuelled by painting and opera, musicals and ancient tragedy, as well as club culture and film – is born out of simple materials. Everyday images and situations are subjected to constant transformations that render them dense and unfamiliar. 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.”

— VENA GEORGAKOPOULOU // I Efimerida ton Syntakton

“Every once in a while an art form is born, particularly of the “Greek” variety: singular and unclassifiable, it bursts with images and ideas. An art form daring enough to lay these open to the extreme, but by means of an utterly controlled and dazzling aesthetic. One that does not seek to signify or to explain and yet disarms you, wins you over…”

— NIKOS XENIOS // BookPress

“In lieu of a male-dominated universe made of muscles, perfectly-performed movements and classical harmony, Laskaridis brings excess and caricature, buffoonery and scandalous vulgarity that echo the slip-ups and gaffes of burlesque or drag.”

— YORGOS SARIYIANNIS // To Tetarto Koudouni

“Quite simply another world. Absolutely mesmerising. […A] show categorised – by necessity – as dance. And dance it is, but it is also theatre and performance, happening and visual installation – a work beyond definition. And thus unique.”
Presented at:
  • Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium :  Mar 7, 2020
  • Onassis Stegi [world première], Athens, Greece : Nov 28, 2019 – Dec 7, 2019
Tour dates:
  • Théâtre de la Ville – Théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris, France : Nov 5, 2020  Nov 7, 2020
  • Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Annecy, France : Nov 26, 2020
  • Le Tangram, Scène nationale – Le Cadran, Évreux, France : Jan 15, 2021
  • La Filature, Scène nationale (Festival Vagamondes), Mulhouse, France : Jan 19, 2021
  • Malraux, Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie, Chambéry, France : Feb 3, 2021  Feb 4, 2021
Credits
ELENIT, 2019 a piece for ten performers Duration: 85 minutes conceived & directed by Euripides Laskaridis with : Amalia Kosma, Chara Kotsali, Manos Kotsaris, Euripides Laskaridis, Thanos Lekkas, Dimitris Matsoukas, Efthimios Moschopoulos, Giorgos Poulios, Michalis Valasoglou & Fay Xhuma costume design : Angelos Mentis original music & 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 assistant to the composer : Jeph Vanger assistant costume designer & special constructions : Ioanna Plessa artistic collaborator & special constructions : Anna Papathanasiou assistant to the costume designer : Aella Tsilikopoulou assistant to the set designer : Filanthi Bougatsou stage manager & assistant to the set designer : Dinos Nikolaou technical director : Konstantinos Margas rehearsal lighting technicians : Vasilis Zindros, Tzanos Mazis & Giorgos Antonopoulos lighting console programmer : Giorgos Melissaropoulos sound engineers : Kostis Pavlopoulos & Kostas Michopoulos production manager : Rena Andreadaki tour production manager : Simona Fremder osmosis operations co-ordinator : TooFarEast Productions photography : Elina Giounanli, Geli Kalampaka, Julian Mommert & Andreas Simopoulos cinematography & colour correction by : Nikos Nikolopoulos video trailer edited by : Euripides Laskaridis a project by : Euripides Laskaridis & the OSMOSIS performing arts company [GR] produced by : Onassis Stegi [Athens – GR] supported by : the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès [FR] within the framework of the New Settings programme  co-produced by : Théâtre de la Ville [Paris – FR], Teatro della Pergola [Florence – IT], Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture / Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 [FR], Teatro Municipal do Porto [PT], Festival TransAmériques [Montreal – CA], Les Halles de Schaerbeek [Brussels – BE], Teatre Lliure [Barcelona – ES], Malraux – Scène nationale Chambéry Savoie [FR], Théâtre de Liège [BE],  Julidans [Amsterdam – NL] & Bonlieu Scène Nationale Annecy [FR] in collaboration with : ICI—Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier – Occitanie [FR] in association with : EdM Productions – Rial & Eshelman funded by : the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports