Following its successful launch last year, Open Plan, the Athens Epidaurus Festival platform of winter events and collaborations, is now scheduled to return in 2022, encompassing a fresh programme and a series of captivating artistic and educational initiatives. The new set of events will focus on the connections between Art and the world of Fashion as inspired by Ancient Drama, place special emphasis on Theatre and Dance workshops for adolescents and showcase the seductive power of literature adapted for the Radio, built around a series of richly atmospheric “Uncanny Stories”.
More specifically, Open Plan will comprise four events, with two of them starting in January.
1) The Morphés Fashion workshop, under the guidance of acclaimed fashion designer Christos Costarellos, in which participants will create garments based on the character of Helen in Euripides’ play of the same title.
2) Youthquake, a multifaceted educational programme facilitated by Yota Argyropoulou and the blindspot theatre group that is addressed to adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17, aiming to capture their unique relationship with the contemporary world by unleashing their creative skills. Drawing on the adolescents’ concerns, thoughts, reflections, interests, and talents, Youthquake, held from January to April, will culminate in a performance featuring both teenagers and professional actors as part of the 2022 Festival programme.
Shortly afterwards, during the winter season, two beloved Open Plan events will also take place, boasting a fresh form and content: Radio Plays, with a new theme, “Uncanny Stories”, under the artistic supervision of Dionysis Kapsalis and the Athens Epidaurus Festival Artistic Director Katerina Evangelatos, and Ancient Future Chorus, the educational dance programme for adolescents by Marianna Kavallieratos.
Last year, the Festival met the demand of Audiences and Artists for original, high-quality theatre amid the pandemic, using radio drama as a springboard – an initiative that was warmly received. The Radio Plays highlighted the talents of several major Theatre and Music artists, while also transcending the physical restrictions of time and space by encouraging audiences to listen from the comfort of their homes. Combining radio drama with speculative fiction, Radio Plays will continue this year as a series of standalone works, bound together by a single concept: five directors will each breathe life into a piece of fantasy literature. Furthermore, like last year, original music will be composed for each of these radio plays.
Meanwhile, the Festival workshop that was facilitated in 2021 by dancer and choreographer Marianna Kavallieratos and her team, aiming to initiate adolescents in the creative “language” of contemporary Dance, will also continue this year. The initiative bore fruit, as it enabled the teenage participants to explore Dance through an experiential approach of Ancient Drama. Using ancient Greek plays as a starting point, the adolescent students, aged 13-17, who will take place in this year’s edition of Ancient Future Chorus (renamed from Ancient Future Solo) will be encouraged to create their own choreographic piece. Participants will also work together with theatre researcher Paraskevi Tektonidou. More information on these two events will be announced via press releases later in January.
Participation in all Open Plan events is free of charge
The Athens Epidaurus Festival has ensured all necessary measures against the spread of COVID-19 will be strictly observed during the workshops. In case of emergency measures, the meetings will be held online.