Prophecy, vision, or manifesto of insurrection? The Apocalypse has been exciting imaginations since the first century CE, summoning utopias, dystopias, and revolutionary movements. It is divine prophecy? Escatological preaching? A message of patience, belief, and hope in a better future? A call to insurrection? What’s certain is that this ominous phantasmagoria is a world-changing text.
A director of the new generation, with an idiosyncratic visual sensibility, Thanos Papakonstantinou pays close attention to the Apocalypse of John, takes inspiration for a contemporary ritual, and notes: “The myth of the Apocalypse is a kind of parable for the constant transformations of the human faith in a better world to come.”
From 3-20 October, John’s vision fills the Main Stage of Onassis Stegi. A group of remarkable performers and musicians transfer us to an on-stage allegory of the Second Coming, the four hoursemen, the seven seals, the Lamb of God, 666. Who is deserving of eternal life?
Concept & Direction: Thanos Papakonstantinou
Translation: Michaela Pliaplia
Set & Costumes Design: Niki Psychogiou
Music Composition: Panos Iliopoulos
Conductor: Markellos Chryssicopoulos
Movement Design: Nadi Gogoulou
Lighting Design: Christina Thanasoula
Sculpture: Alekos Bourelias
Assistant to the Director: Constantina Aggellopoulou
Performers: Alexia Kaltsiki, Marianna Dimitriou, Kalliopi Simou, Eleni Moleski, Kleopatra Markou, Thanassis Dovris, Sotiris Tsakomidis, Marios Panagiotou, Miltiadis Fiorentzis, Yorgos Dikaios
Musicians: Thodoris Vazakas (percussion), Kostas Gatsios (clarinet/ bass clarinet), Alexis Karaiskakis (cello), Spiros Moschonas (trombone), Eleftheria Togia (viola), Dimitris Tigkas (double bass), Kostas Tsiolis (electronics)
Produced by: Onassis Stegi
Thursday 10 October: After performance talk
On Friday 18 & at the weekends 12-13 and 19-20 October 2019 with English surtitles.