ICHTHYOLATRY RETURNS TO ATHENS FOR TWO PERFORMANCES AT EIGHT, δημοσίευση στο Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative [22/3/2023]Marilena Pateraki
ICHTHYOLATRY: The Hybrid Performance of Water Deities
returns to Athens at EIGHT/ ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ
April 3rd and 4th, 2023 at 8 pm
After four successful sold-out performances in Greece and Portugal, “ICHTHYOLATRY: A hybrid performance of aquatic deities”, conceived and directed by Eva Giannakopoulou, returns to Athens and will be presented at EIGHT/ ΤΟ ΟΧΤΩ on the 3rd and 4th of April at 8pm.
ICHTHYOLATRY is a co-production of PCAI (Greece), Artemrede (Portugal – in collaboration with the Municipality of Torres Vedras) and L’Arboreto (Italy) in the framework of the European project Stronger Peripheries: a Southern Coalition, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
Inspired by the theorist Astrida Neimanis’ book “Bodies of Water” (2017), which introduces for the first time the concept of Hydrofeminism, according to which water, femininities, embodied practices and ecology are interconnected creating “new” future synergies, ICHTHYOLATRY is a hybrid performance with confessional elements about elderly, floods, fluids and menopause. It is based on research conducted in communities linked to rivers, lakes, torrents and groups of women, during the course of research and creative residency programmes carried out in Greece, Portugal and Italy. The visual artist-director and the creative community jointly developed the dramaturgy and texts through personal confessions and interviews with individuals from the local communities of Piraeus (PCAI), Torres Vedras, Portugal (Artemrede) and Mondaino, Italy (L’arboreto), in such a way that their content is an intellectual co-creation of all participants.
If water is the element from which all organisms originate, how could we possibly return to this original state of existence, removing the boundaries between evolution, genes, history, culture and nature? The answer to this question is what ICHTHYOLATRY attempts to answer, bridging the “gap” between past, present and future, between human and non-human forms of existence, jellyfishes and dogs.
The eccentric creatures of ICHTHYOLATRY – a warrior, a post-human creature, a female phenomenon and a fish – will inhabit the space of EIGHT to take a dive into a dreamy ocean of fluid possibilities. This is a performance that “dives” into an immersive universe of emotional and underwater coalitions.