This performance was never just a performance.
It always resembled its setting: a floating island, somewhere between a Greek beach and the Amazon, full of pines and tropical vegetation, traveling outside of place and time, beyond national borders, states and forms of government. After its premiere at Epidaurus in 2016, “The Birds” flew to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, where the unprecedented happened: a Greek production was declared one of the best ten theater productions of 2018 by New York Magazine.
Now, entirely revamped, accompanied by a film by Babis Makridis inspired by the performance, and preparing for the international festival circuit with an accompanying educational program in tow,the Stegi performance combines the Brazilian dance group Passinho Carioca, from the favelas of Rio, with Nikos Karathanos and Christos Loulis, now flanked by Amalia Moutousi, Stefania Goulioti, Thanasis Alevras and Martha Frintzila,
as well as a dozen other actors, musicians, and dancers from Greece.
The next stop for the Greek-Brazilian “Birds,” right after Athens;and the Onassis Stegi, is the Santiago a Mil International Festival in Chile “The Birds” will be performed at one of the leading theaters in Santiago, the Teatro Municipal de Las Condes in January 2020. This is, moreover, the philosophy of the prominent festival, which over the past 25 years, since 1994, has produced 1,065 shows from Chile and about 500 from 25 other nations, before 11,825,830 audience members, in 20 Metropolitan Region neighborhoods in Santiago and in 15 other cities
around Chile. Artists including Pina Bausch, Ariane Mnouchkine, Royal de Luxe, Robert Wilson, Christoph Marthaler, Jan Fabre, Krystian Lupa, Ivo van Hove, Romeo Castelucci, Lemi Ponifasio and Thomas Ostermeier have appeared at the festival.
Direction: Nikos Karathanos
Adaptation: Nikos Karathanos, Giannis Asteris
Sets – costumes: Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Music: Angelos Τriantafyllou
Lighting Design: Simos Sarketzis
Movement: Amalia Bennett
With: Thanasis Alevras, Douglas Froog Alves de Paula, Stefania Goulioti, Vasiliki Driva, Nikos Karathanos, Ektor Liatsos, Christos Loulis, Amalia Moutousi, Amalia Bennett, Kostas Berikopoulos, Konstantinos Bibis, Tuany Nascimento, Vn Dançarino Brabo, André Oliveira Db, Marlon Brando de Oliveira Santos, Klelia Renesi, Giannis Sevdikalis, Angelos Triantafyllou, Martha Frintzila
Música en vivo: Sofia Efkleidou, Michalis Katachanas, Dimitris Klonis, Vasilis Panagiotopoulos, Dimitris Tigkas
Assistant to the director: Ioanna Bitouni
Assistant to the set designer: Myrto Lamprou
Sound engineer: Kostis Pavlopoulos
Production assistant: Tzela Christopoulou
Hair design: Chronis Tzimos
Make-up: Alexandra Mita
Stage manager: Giannis Kritikos
Construction of the props "trees": Socrates Papadopoulos
Set construction: Lazaridis Scenic Studio Costume, Socrates Papadopoulos
Special costume construction: Despoina Makarouni, Socrates Papadopoulos
Translation in English: Orfeas Apergis
Executive producer: Polyplanity Productions / Yolanda Markopoulou &Vicky Strataki
Produced by Onassis Stegi