1. Alexis. A greek tragedy _DEMO

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    MOTUS Devised and directed by Enrico Casagrande & Daniela Nicolò with Silvia Calderoni, Vladimir Aleksic, Benno Steinegger, Alexandra Sarantopoulou the collaboration of Michalis Traitsis, Giorgina Pilozzi, assistant director Nicolas Lehnebach dramaturgy Daniela Nicolò video editing Enrico Casagrande sound engineer Andrea Comandini music Pyrovolismos sto prosopo di The boy in the video Nikos of Centro Libertario Nosotros, Stavros of the band Deux ex machina lights and sets Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò technical director Valeria Foti Production: Motus, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Espace Malraux - Scéne Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie - CARTA BIANCA, programme Alcotra coopération France-Italie, Théâtre National de Bretagne/Rennes and the Festival delle Colline Torinesi with the support of Rimini Provincial Administration, Emilia-Romagna Regional Administration and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity How to transform indignation into action? This simple and vast question urged us on the tracks of Antigone, turning back and listening to her brilliant stubbornness in order to reflect on the present. We worked on recomposing the tragic events into an original script based on writing that was impregnated by the biographies and personal experiences of the actors involved. Over the past year three Contests have been were created – performances understood as confrontations/dialogues between Antigone-Silvia Calderoni and three different actors: Benno Steinegger-Polynices, Vladimir Aleksic-Creon and Gabriella Rusticali-Tiresias, respectively entitled Let The Sunshine In,Too Late! and Iovadovia [I’mgoingaway]. Alexis stands at the end of this itinerary though it presupposes the beginning: we were in Athens to concentrate in a direct and almost documentary way on the “triggering event” which aroused in us the need to shift the Antigone-project in an increasingly declared manner to the theme of contemporary revolts, meaning the death of fifteen year old Alexandros-Andreas Grigoropoulos (Alexis) which occurred exactly during our first workshop on Antigone… A new Polynices? Alexis was killed on 6th December, with a bullet to the chest fired by 37 year old policeman Epaminondas Korkoneas, in the Exarchia quarter of central Athens near the Polytechnic, well known for indefatigable resistance to the Colonels… and he is being transformed into the new hero-icon of rebellious youth (the facebook page dedicated to him has 120,713 members to date). Certainly the “iconisation” aspect of his death also gives us material for reflection. The episode, bloody and violent as it was, seems almost epiphenomenic. It was definitely not a fortuitous incident: it was the fuse that set off a chain explosion and it would be easy, if questionable, to link it up with the violent revolts that have struck European metropolises over the last few years… Alexis’ death not only urged many adolescents like himself to take to the streets: the protests were joined by all classes of Greek society, triggering a people’s insurrection unprecedented in recent European history. And the tension is in no way exhausted. In Exarchia everybody is waiting till winter – when the effects of the crisis will make themselves felt – for a new intensification of protests… But how come protests in Greece are so inflamed, so well organised and protracted… whereas in Italy everything boils up and then cools off in total fragmentation and lack of communication between movements? We want to go back over the “trace of Antigone”, follow in the wake of her journey with Oedipus in order to reconstruct its itineraries in the light of the mutated and overturned geography of our days: an immersion in the tragic reality that is gripping a country so close in vicissitudes and tensions to Italy. We went to the place of this death more than a year after the facts, when the event had been completely forgotten by the grind-all press, when nobody talked any more about what happened during those days (a real uprising), because the whole “Syrma Antigònes” project reflects on the Too late, on the fact of getting there too late, after the irreparable: but is it really too late? Doing theatre in connexion with the oscillations of the real means being catapulted into the speed of the happening and setting yourself to listen. The outside escapes time and theatre space like a wild animal, but in manifesting itself onstage, with its absolute untameable nature, it charges each appearance with amazement and rage. Amazement and rage that live in this show where we attempt to give voice to Alexis, brother of Antigone, “a Polynices in a Sex Pistols T-shirt”. The stage becomes the place of a choral presence, emotionally moving, which acts on a polyphonic and stratified text of a hybrid and lightning-swift nature: dialogues, interviews, solitary reflections, attempts at translation from Greek into English and Italian, audio and video fragments from the web, descriptions of atmospheres and landscapes, political statements and testimonies. Pieces of a world gone to pieces… We quote a fragment from Ics cruel tales of youth because Alexis is part of this itinerary, a Greek tragedy of today.

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