Valeria Dimitriadou


Βαλέρια Δημητριάδου πορτραίτο

How would we look at the world if we were ninety years old? Would we accept the approaching end or would we want to drink life down to the last drop?

A member of the C for Circus group, Valeria Dimitriadou, who has been awarded by the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics for her play And God Planted Paradise, gives us a new humorous and tender text, a praise to life.

An old man in his nineties and his forty-year-old son in a fast-paced city, a wild city. The first, although old, feels like he has just been born. The latter, although young, feels as if his life is coming to an end. Feeling weak and vulnerable, he decides to send his father to a home for the elderly. The old man’s only friend is a young handicapped girl, with whom they spend every day at the city’s central park lake. Why should an old man have to accept the end? Why can’t he go out there, fall in love, and make love? Is it because he is really unable to or because everyone else, ourselves included, do not let him?

In our youth-idolising era, the performance pinpoints to the taboo of old age. With live music on stage, it narrates an imaginary microcosm that strongly resists our dystopian present by putting empathy and solidarity to the forefront.