"Emata" by Efthimis Filippou
Correspondance between Dimitris Kalafatis and Yorgos Simopoulos (1990-1993)
Dimitris Kalafatis, aged 40 or so, accidentally rips open his throat in July 1989.” Like a modern-day Philoctetes, Efthimis Filippou's hero can only watch on as his wound fails to heal, festers and leaves its bloody traces on his shirt, his pillow, and the bodies of his wife and children. He writes to his dearest friend about it. "Emata" ("Bloods"), the Greek scriptwriter's first theatrical work, takes the form of the correspondence between two friends. Laced with the bizarre and the humorous, with politician's paranoid speeches and the daydreams of ordinary folk, the work is transformed by Argyro Chiotis' direction into a punk oratorio awash with surrealism and quick-witted comedy. The director combines an abstract aesthetic with conceptual density, a poetic atmosphere and a vibrant theatricality as she delineates anew the concept of the theatrical chorus ancient and contemporary.
For "Emata" ("Bloods"), the stage is turned into a ring within which she orchestrates the ‘moving pictures' of a bizarre production-concert: an oratorio of bodies and emotions, outlandish fantasies and revelatory admissions. The corresponding characters are brought to life and invite us to bear witness to their reality. Which is how the play becomes an extended-play love song to Nineties Greece, to personal and collective trauma and, ultimately, to the bizarre feeling of living in a world haunted by open wounds and vital lies.
Direction: Argyro Chioti
Writer: Efthimis Filippou
Cast: Evdoxia Androulidaki, Antonis Antonopoulos, Eleni Vergeti, Giorgos Gallos, Efthymis Theou, Evi Saoulidou, Georgina Chryskioti
Stage set: Eva Manidaki
Lighting: Tasos Palaioroutas
Costumes: Pavlos Thanopoulos
Music: Jan van de Engel
Artistic associate: Ariane Labed
Dramaturgical consultant: Christiana Galanopoulou
Assistant Director: Daphne Koutra, Matina Pergioudaki
Assistant scenographer: Daphne Koutra
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre
Premiere: 8th of October 2014 in Onassis Cultural Centre.