Working across Europe over the past couple of years, one of the first questions I am being asked no matter where I go concerns the influence of the financial crisis on Greek theatre. I will therefore depart in my lecture from this question, and from there depart on an introduction to my own work in the genre of documentary theatre, as well as our work at the Experimental Stage of the Greek National Theatre.
The talk by Anestis Azas will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Marissia Fragkou, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University, and author of Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Affect, Politics, Responsibility (Methuen 2018).
Anestis Azas (b. 1978) is, together with Prodromos Tsinikoris, Artistic Director of the Experimental Stage -1 of the Greek National Theatre in Athens. He studied in the Theatre Department of Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki and Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" in Berlin. As assistant director, he worked with Dimiter Gotscheff and Rimini Protokoll. His own work includes directions of classical texts (Aeschylus, Heiner Müller, Koltès), contemporary drama (Dmitrij Gawrisch, Daniela Janjic, Manolis Tsipos), and documentary theatre projects, mainly in collaboration with Prodromos Tsinikoris, such as Telemachus: Should I stay or should I go? (Onassis Culture Centre / Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin 2013) on two generations of Greek immigrants in Germany; Case Pharmakonisi or The right of Water (Athens Festival 2015), a research-play about the refugee drownings in the Aegean Sea and the responsibility of Greek coast guard; and Clean City (Onassis Cultural Centre / Kammerspiele Munich 2016), a critical portrait of Greece through the perspective of immigrant cleaning ladies.
24 Apr 2019 - 6:30pm