When rock music electrifies Euripides' words, when punk plugs the myth of the Bacchae into the mains, then Dionysus the great, the divine, will sing. Making his OCC debut, Aris Biniaris turns the clash between Pentheus the king and Dionysus the god into an angry hymn to the division of the human soul into logic and instinct.
In an arid, seismic landscape, a band of select performers—accompanied by two musicians—are invited to reflect through music and theatre on the relationship between freedom and dogma, isolation and creativity.
Active at a time when Greek society seems stuck in a rut and unable to move on, Biniaris has settled on a work that deals with precisely these matters : "Pentheus ends up being ripped limb from limb because of his avowed and continued defiance of the god. Still, at the same time, the Dionysian life-giving, life-bearing force, the innate power of the nature of things, is never simply going to retire into the background. It is how we, as a society, choose to align ourselves with this life force that will determine our ultimate convergence or inevitable demise".
Adaptation based on Yorgos Chimonas' translation: Aris Biniaris, Theodora Kapralou
Direction: Aris Biniaris
Dramaturgy: Theodora Kapralou
Sets & Costumes: Paris Mexis
Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Music: Victor Kouloumpis, Panos Sardelis
Movement: Amalia Bennett
Sound design/Sound engineer: Harris Kremmidas
Costume Design Assistant: Dafni Iliopoulou
Assistant to the Set Designer-Intern: Despina Faridou
Costume Construction: Despoina Makarouni
Props made by: Alexandros Loggos
Surtitles translation: Memi Katsoni
Produced by: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
Producer Manager: Maria Dourou
Image by Nick Knight
With: Amalia Bennett, Aris Biniaris, Charis Charalambous, Giorgos Gallos, Anna Kalaitzidou, Karyofyllia Karabeti, Christos Loulis, Onisiforos Onisiforou, Evi Saoulidou, Konstantinos Sevdalis
Musicians: Victor Kouloumpis (electric bass), Panos Sardelis (drums)
Friday 23 March
After performance talk with Aris Biniaris
Moderated by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic