A BRIEF GUIDE FOR PROSPECTIVE
STATHIS MARKOPOULOS (AYUSAYA) - ONASSIS STEGI | December 10, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Concept – Stage Direction – Set & Puppets design & manufacture
Stathis Markopoulos / Ayusaya Puppet Theatre
Antonis Koutroumbis / Plefsis Dance Company
Production Coordinator / Line production
Monday & Tuesday, December 10-11, 2018 through May 31, 2019
In & Outside the Onassis Stegi
Info & Bookings:
Jumping-in-the-air-and-gravity-defying puppets come to meet you and tell you their big secret: “Nothing ties you to the ground; dance, you shan’t fall!”
A modern, lyrical puppet theatre for all ages, with live music and a revolutionary mood; it’s this year’s original ‘away offsite performance produced by the Onassis Stegi for high-school students, teachers and other special audience groups, such as inmates, senior citizens, the chronically ill, people in rehabilitation centres, people with disabilities and everybody who is unable to access the arts easily, or is in remote areas.
We are all tightrope walkers, hence worthy of attaining freedom; this is what Jean Genet seems to be telling us in his famous lyrical manifesto “Le Funambule” (“The Tightrope Walker”, 1955), which has inspired this performance by the Ayusaya Puppet Theatre.
Puppet players, musicians and dancers give life to hand-made puppets. Drawing inspiration from Genet’s instructions to the tightrope walker Abdallah Bentaga, to whom he dedicated his allegorical essay, our troupe invites us to discover the craftsman-artist inside us all and respond to the challenges he sets us in the art of living.
The performance is presented in hospitals, nursing homes, institutes, reformational institutions/prisons, rehabilitation centers, schools and educational institutions in Greece.
Maria Fountouli, Giorgos Kastanos, Vassilki Maltsaki
Stathis Markopoulos, Anneta Stefanopoulou
The performance is based on the translation by Christoforos Liontakis of Jean Genet’s “Le Funambule – Le Condamné à mort” (“The Tightrope Walker – The Man Sentenced to Death”), Ekdoseis Eikostou Protou (21st c. Editions), Athens, 2016