by VASILI SIGKAREF
performed by the theater group "ATHO SOMA"
directed by Katerina Skourli
repeated for a limited number of performances
from October 18 to November 25 at Sfendoni Theater
Katerina Skourli directs "Plastelini" by Vasili Sigkaref, a story about an inflexible world full of violence and despair. The play, which enjoyed success last year with a limited number of performances at Sfendoni Theater, is now returning to the stage.
"Plastelini" is the story of a society nourished and sustained by violence.
The story of a distant, daring dystopia written in 2001 that now seems unbearably similar to today's news headlines.
Just as in young Sigkaref's Russia back then and in today's world, the clay hardens quickly in the hands of children. Before you even have a chance to dream, waking up places you among desperate and cynical people who watch you shatter before them. They hastily avert their gaze and continue on their way.
A Few Words About the Play
Maxim is a young boy who lives with his grandmother in a world full of desperate people struggling to survive and secure their next day—not so much their food, but their vodka or their fix. In a destitute society, both economically and morally, where violence and cynicism are growing, in any city of Russia in 2001 not so different from those in 2023, Maxim wants to find a different way to survive. Just as he shapes with his clay the things he dreams of, he tries to carve a path worth taking.
In his journey, he meets people who try to diminish him or make him like them, robbing him of the right to choose a different life. He chooses love and heroism, the two quintessential tools of adolescents to fight with. And he goes all the way, until he faces the truth face to face.
Director's Note by Katerina Skourli
Working for more than fifteen years with adolescents alongside my collaborator Vangelis Kyriakou, there was no way I wouldn't be moved by Maxim's story and wouldn't want—inevitably—to share it with those who wish to hear it—something he probably knew well when he suggested I read "Plastelini".
I feel a deep personal need to pay tribute to all these teenagers I met, teenagers I saw up close struggling for their survival in a society imposed on them, in a family environment that wasn't their choice, in a school that couldn't listen to them. Some of them managed to find their way, while others are still searching.
Maxim falls in love and fights for a heroic ending, an ending fitting for every teenager called to live in a society they haven't chosen, in a society that doesn't acknowledge them, in a society that easily burdens them with others' responsibilities.
And there comes our own society, full of violence and despair, cynicism and abandonment. And for me, presenting "Plastelini" becomes necessary. Even for those young people who want to see the world differently.
Cast and Crew
Direction and Movement: Katerina Skourli
Translation: George Koutlis
Dramaturgical Editing: Vangelis Kyriakou
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Artemis Manou
Set and Costumes: Tina Tzoka
Original Music and Musical Supervision: Spyros Livanis
Lighting Design: Dimitris Kasimatis - Sofia Adamopoulou
Movement Supervisor: Marina Tsapekou
Assistant Director: Jenny Fezo
Assistant Set Designer: Stavros Balis
Scene Painting: Mary Antonopoulou
Set Construction: Art Wood Creations Ltd.
Photos: Karol Jarek
Communication Manager: Evangelia Skrombola
Cast: Dimitris Apostolopoulos, Sofia Koulira, Natalia Louizaki, Leda Manousou Alexiou, Victor Benouzilio, Chara Tzoka
Makri 4, Athens 117 42, Greece
From October 18, 2023
€15 General Admission
€12 Reduced (Students, Unemployed)
The performance is recommended for individuals above 13 years old
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