Dimitris Bampilis (APARÄMILLON)


The world is collapsing. Or so it seems at least, as we have been feeling, increasingly strongly, for a while now. The world economy is in recession; the clock of climate crisis is counting down; the pandemic threatens our social ties; amid the apparent peace prevailing in the West, war is a reality.

Six citizens of this collapsing world, some of them artists, others not, yet all of them sharing a common anxiety about the future, find themselves stranded on a stage that also doubles as a shelter, seeking the Great Solution that will save us from the impending Catastrophe. As available food supplies are running low, their inventiveness is increased and their references to political movements and philosophers are intensified, as are their love and longing for art, dance and music.

The dramaturgy of this performance is predicated upon interviews and field research in areas in the aftermath of catastrophic natural phenomena. The production references writers such as David Sepkoski, Maurice Blanchot, Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard as well as drawing on participants’ experiences, fusing the fantastic with the real, an aspect that defines the current aesthetic pursuits of the ensemble.

grape Greek Agora of Performance is an exciting new initiative by the Athens Epidaurus Festival aiming to establish a platform for Greek artists to communicate with the international Theatre and Dance scene, giving them the opportunity to present their works to representatives and artistic directors of international festivals and cultural institutions abroad. The platform presents 14 new productions in two periods: 3 – 8 July & 18 – 22 July.

grape is open to the general public and is part of the main artistic programme of the Athens Epidaurus Festival. The performances included are also scheduled on dates outside the duration of the platform.

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