2nd-5th June at Theatro Karolos Koun
Sofia Mavragani / FINGERSIX
2 – 5 June 2018 | 21.00
Theatro Technis Karolos Koun (Greek Art Theatre) – Frynichou Stage
14 Frynichou, Plaka, Athens
A dance performance on the borders of theater and music; a poetic swarming speech unwinding the thread of the female narrative on stage.
SPEECHLESS is inspired by public speeches, manifestos, articles and texts, bringing to the fore the fragmentary and unofficial voice of women as it has travelled through the centuries before reaching the present.
From the extant writings of abbess Hildegard von Bingen, dating from the 11th century AD and describing for the first time themes of the female sexuality, as well as the experience of the female orgasm, and the work of Christine de Pizan, «The Book of the City of Ladies», setting officially for the first time, in the 14th century, the cornerstone for the feminist rhetoric, to Virginia Wolfe’s lectures addressed to young female students of literature, and the speech of the activist black American women of the 19th century, SPEECHLESS runs through the backbone of the early feminist discourses, approaching themes that are still considered controversial today.
Female emancipation and independence, issues of equality between the sexes, are constantly recurring and seem more and more contemporary. How does the female speech travelling through time sound today? How do we connect with the female narrative?
Sofia Mavragani, persevering on sociopolitical problematics, with her subtle humorous approach and a disposition of ludic exploration, returns to her collaboration with Martha Mavroidi after the performance LADY R. which was presented under documenta 14 in April 2017. Known for the fusion of traditional and contemporary music, in SPEECHLESS, Martha Mavroidi creates vocal compositions for a chamber orchestra where the performers themselves are the musical instruments. Hara Kotsali, Giorgos Kotsifakis and Sania Stribakou alternate in a challenging performance on the fundament of dance that pushes sometimes towards theater and sometimes towards music. With a distinctive lyricism and among pop raptures, SPEECHLESS becomes the channel through which we follow the voice of women, as it has traveled throughout the years and throughout the world.
Concept, Choreography: Sofia Mavragani
Performers, Co-makers: Hara Kotsali, Giorgos Kotsifakis, Sania Stribakou
Music composition: Martha Mavroidi
Sets, Costumes: Paul Thanopoulos
Lighting: Vasilis Klotsotiras
Dramaturgy advisor: Ioanna Valsamidou
Research: Ioanna Valsamidou, Varvara Mitsi, Sofia Mavragani
Photography: Margarita Nikitaki
Artwork: Dimitris Politis
Publicity, Communication: Yorgos Katsonis
With the financial support of Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Culture & Sports
With the support of Duncan Dance Research Center & Theatro Technis Karolos Koun (Greek Art Theatre)
Dates & time: 2, 3, 4, 5 June 2018, 21.00, Duration: 50 minutes
Ticket price: 10 euros
Tickets presale: www.viva.gr/tickets/theater/theatro-karolos-koun-skini-frinichou/sofia-mavragani-fingersix-speechless
Location: Theatro Technis Karolos Koun (Greek Art Theatre) – Frynichou Stage, 14 Frynichou st., Plaka, Athens, Box Office Tel: +302103222464, www.theatro-technis.gr