Teatr Brama invites for the performance of greek friends “Xanthi” – Fabrica Athens, that will take place in Rampa Kultura on 16th of February 2023 at 6:00pm.
The light gives birth to the shadow of a solid dream, as its life reflects in the ephemeral and fragile surface of a running fluid world. “Ξανθή – Xanthi” is a theatre performance which allegorically approaches the three levels of consciousness (waking, dreaming and deep sleep) and what we humans have christened reality.
The performance is based on the life events of an ordinary woman, called Xanthi, who was born in 1934 in the island of Chios, Greece. This woman was meant to be the performer’s grandmother. Living in a crucial period of history, both nationally and internationally, her turbulent life brings on stage a new creature, which continuously transforms, while meeting with highlight themes of the world’s agenda and apparently unrelated facts and sensations that make their appearance through time.
Inspired by the artistic movement of Surrealism, the Yoga Sutras, as well as influenced from personal and artistic references and the performer’s family tree, the performance is not only artistic research, but also a healing process.
The creative team walked between the illusory worlds of reality and dreams. Playing with whether and how these two planes meet each other or can spawn one another, was aimed a sort of catharsis and remembrance, a liberating process of the past for the floating present and future.
The inspirator of Xanthi, Giovanna Michaliadi Sarti, started working on this project in 2018, researching how a performer can be an independent creator and experimenting with the use of soap bubble and circus elements in theatre. This was achieved through the path of Theatre of Research, a theatre practice initiated by the director of Fabrica Athens, Fanis Katechos. The show premiered in June 2022 at TRANSIT 10 FESTIVAL – Theater, Women, Courage at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium – Odin Teatret in Denmark, selected and invited by the great theater people, Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley.
Director: Fanis Katechos
Assistant directors: Errika Sarri, Katerina Markezini
Performer – Conception & Execution of Idea: Giovanna Michaliadi Sarti
Music Composition: Nefeli Stamatogiannopoulou
Mixing: Don Stavrinos
Video artist: Tal Yuval Mor
Lighting supervision: Eliza Alexandropoulou, Tzanos Mazis
Voice-over: Xanthippi Klimi
Scenography: Giovanna Michaliadis Sarti, Fanis Katechos
Scenery: Theologos Katechos, Christos Katechos
Costume designer: Lamprini Nanou, Litsa Rozaki
Hair styling: Emmanuela Katechou
Thanks to: Christopher Staley, Donald Kitt, Eugenio Barba, Judith Sleddens, Julia Varley, Matt Bader, Angela Michaliadis, Alexandros Kontos, Amelia Eleftheriadou, Electra Michaliadis Sarti, Mikes Glykas, Pavlos Melikidis, Penny Phylaktakis, Petros Gourgiotis
Free entrance. Free will donation before the event.