As for myself, though you should come straightway,
I surely shall seem grown an aged dame after twenty years of not seeing you
In Heroides, Ovid reinvents female figures of ancient Greek mythology – as developed through the Homeric epics and tragedies – and establishes a new literary genre: epistolary poems. His epistles tackle the standard themes of mythology: human experience and human relationships; love, absence, and death; the expectation, possibility, and denial of fulfillment.
In Amica mea, symbolically set at the ancient Athenian cemetery of Kerameikos, the up-and-coming Thessaloniki-based director Panos Delinikopoulos delivers a performance about absence and memory, a performance setting forth a request which remains unfulfilled as it struggles to reach its recipient. Three actresses immerse themselves into a site of memory, carrying the epistles of the author of Metamorphoses, interspersed with love and funerary epigrams from the Palatine Anthology set to music, translated by Nikos Chourmouziadis. The three women seek the absent recipient of letters from the past. They lend their bodies to voices once heard; voices that have since been travelling through space and time, until their request is finally delivered.
LOTUS EATERS & PANOS DELINIKOPOULOS
Directed by: Panos Delinikopoulos
Dramaturgy – Translation: Anastasia Tzellou
Dramaturgy assistant: Marion Coquerelle
Music: Kostas Vomvolos
Set and costume design: Zoi Molyvda Fameli
Epigrams from the Palatine Anthology translated by Nikos Chourmouziadis
Cast: Katerina Sisinni, Marilou Vomvolou, Peny Eleftheriadou
Musicians: Tasos Mysirlis (cello), Panagiotis Karnoutsos (guitar), Kostas Vomvolos (accordion)
Production manager: Katerina Liatsou
Production: TooFarEast Productions
Many thanks to the Union of Friends of the Historic Centre of Salonica