SWORN VIRGIN

ATHENS FESTIVAL - July 13-14, 2017, 9pm
 

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CONTRIBUTORS 

 

Written by: Elvira Dones

 

Translation: Eleana Ziakou

 

Stage Direction / Music Selection: Enke Fezollari

 

Adaptation: Maria Skaftoura, in collaboration with the director

 

Dramaturgy: Natalie Minioti

 

Lighting design: Alekos Yiannaros

 

Set & Costumes design: Daphne Koliva, Evelina Darzenta

 

Director's Assistant: Ioanna Pitaouli

 

2nd Director's Assistant: Apostolis Kokkalis

 

Press & Communication: Maria Konstantopoulou

 

Photography: Christina Georgiadou

Executive Production

Konstantinos Sakkas

 

Project Coordination

Maria Vasariotou

 

Technical/Stage Manager

Vasia Christodoulou

 

Production Assistant 

Giorgos Nomikos

 

Production Management

Delta Pi

 

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DESCRIPTION

 

The sworn virgin Hana/Mark follows the example set by the ancient Antigone and turns herself into a peculiar, Balkan version of the iconic maiden. In protest against the absurdity of power, she decides to bury her own body, as opposed to the body of a dead brother, in the rocky landscape of Shkodër, Northern Albania.
 
The persecuted female body, buried alive in “death’s stone bridal chamber,” is at the centre of this modern “myth.” Hana voluntarily renounces her femininity and takes on the male alias “Mark” in an effort to secure the most basic of human rights: self-determination and freedom. Her decision enables her to escape the violence of Hoxha’s patriarchal, totalitarian regime in communist-era Albania. Ultimately, she succeeds in creating a perfectly distinct and respectable identity for herself. Will things take a turn for the worse, though, when the “progressive” West “liberates” those persecuted bodies?
 
When the heroine travels to America to reunite with her beloved ones, she will be compelled to address the conflict between her female nature and the masculine prison she made for herself.
 
 

Cast:

Parthenopi Bouzouri, Angela Brouskou, Georgianna Dalara, Giorgos Papapavlou, Maria Skaftoura, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Antonis Fragakis

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