Taverna Miresia – Mario, Bella, Anastasia
A rising young theatre artist (born 1998), Mario Banushi, of Albanian descent, uses his personal memories as dramaturgical material in order to transform them into a ritualistic act of catharsis.
A neon restaurant sign in a Tirana suburb sheds light to the history of a family. An unexpected incident under the light of this sign has a crucial effect on Mario’s life. Years later, now an adult, director Mario Banushi, who had been travelling from Greece to Albania for years to meet his family and return to the family taverna, now carries that same sign from Albania to the Festival, placing it in a prominent place, at the centre of the world he creates on stage. Through a performance, he welcomes his memories and nostalgia in order to confront the absence of his father who recently passed away; the cook and taverna owner who used to welcome customers every night.
What is there left for this sign to illuminate? A return to the land of childhood, at a time when joy and despair took turns, and a meal was tantamount to care; the family table with the now empty chairs; a sequence of connotations, images, fragments of memories and everything that was never spoken due to lack of time; a farewell to the father, a welcome to adulthood and the existential anxieties that come with it.
*Miresia is Albanian for kindness
The performance contains nudity
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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Duration 1 hour 10 minutes
National Theater of Greece (Eleni Papadaki Stage)
- 18/07 until 20/07/2023 at 19:30
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