Yorgos Valais

Run – A Stage Essay About the Lack of Time

Why does time nowadays go by faster than ever before? Where does this sense of constant acceleration of things come from? How do we cope with time as a society and how are we affected by the constant lack of time? Yorgos Valais’ new performance draws inspiration from contemporary work-related and social reality, as well as drawing on T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Ecclesiastes and Byung-Chul Han’s essays The Burnout Society and The Scent of Time.

Conceived as a kaleidoscopic reflection, the performance seeks its material through its very process of creation. A group of actors/artists prepares a production about the lack of time. Inside a spacious lounge, during a break, artists and technicians meet for a short period of free time, a “pause” made of daydreaming materials, stress, prior commitments and duties, creating moments of emptiness, freedom or escape.

The materials of the dramaturgy, each character’s separate concerns and their relationship with time emerge at that still moment of revolving time, becoming the condition that sends the narrative thread spinning.

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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