REQUIEM AKHMATOVA & THE ANNIVERSARY
Efthimis Filippou / Angeliki Papoulia / Christos Passalis / Ictus
The music theatre production LIVER, an international co-production of the GNO Alternative Stage with the distinguished Belgian contemporary music ensemble Ictus, comes to GNO TV from 9 April to 31 December 2021.
It is an unusual love story, to a libretto by author and award-winning scriptwriter Efthymis Filippou, directed by Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis, two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation, and with the participation of an international team of artists.
The cinematic adaptation of LIVER through the special directorial gaze of The Boy (aka Alexandros Voulgaris) is presented in its online premiere at nationalopera.gr/GNOTV/en.
The production LIVER and GNO TV were made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.
Filmed at the GNO Alternative Stage at the SNFCC on 4 & 5 December 2020. Greek and English subtitles available.
On the warm and rainy night of 7 July 1994, a 44-year-old woman suffered a tragic accident. Losing control of the moped she was riding, this woman was seriously injured when she fell on a sharp object lying on the tarmac that pierced her liver. She was immediately taken to hospital, in a coma. All the days she was there, the man she loved more than anything else in her life was constantly by her side. A man of 62, plump and in good health. Each night, the man would lay down and sleep alongside her on the hospital bed. For those few hours, until dawn, it seemed like they were both in a coma, or like they were both just sleeping. The night nurses never woke him, they would only cover him up if some foot of his slipped out from under the white hospital blanket.
This is the final conversation between the organs and limbs of the man and woman’s bodies, as recorded by medical equipment a little before she died of a heart attack on 18 July 1994. The transcript of the conversation was made by Efthimis Filippou. The internal organs of the two tragic lovers are interpreted by the musicians, performers and members of the Ictus ensemble, Tom Pauwels and Michael Schmid, musician and sound artist Angélica Castelló, visual artist Diederik Peeters, and actors and directors Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis.
LIVER’s inner world is the fruit of the collaboration of all the members of the creative team and the different artistic disciplines from which they come.
Libretto Efthimis Filippou
English translation Kyriacos Karseras
German translation Yorgos Depastas
Directors Christos Passalis, Angeliki Papoulia
Music, dramaturgy Angélica Castelló, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Tom Pauwels, Diederik Peeters, Michael Schmid
Set designer Clio Boboti
Costume designer Vassilia Rozana
Lighting designer Eliza Alexandropoulou
Make up Niki Ovakoglou
Set designer's assistant Filanthi Bougatsou
Production manager Maria Dourou
Performers Angélica Castelló, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Tom Pauwels, Diederik Peeters, Michael Schmid
Guest appearance Yorgos Stefanakos, Maria Dourou
A co-production with the Ictus contemporary music ensemble (Belgium)
Filming, editing The Boy
Efthimis Filippou Libretto
Efthimis Filippou was born in 1977. He is the co-author of the screenplays for the films Dogtooth, Alps, L, The Lobster, Chevalier, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Pity. He has written the books Someone Is Talking by Himself While Holding a Glass of Milk, Scenes, Dimitri and When, when (MNP Publications). He has written the plays Bloods, Our Beautiful Hands, Apologies 4 & 5, Various Hits Petros, Rob and Eau de Cologne.
Angeliki Papoulia Director
She was born in Athens and graduated from the Department of Theatre Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and from “Embros Theatre Workshop” School of Drama. She took part in the films Matchbox by Yannis Economides, Dogtooth, Alps and The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, A Blast and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Amulet by Romola Garai, Green Sea by Angeliki Antoniou, Patchwork by Janine Teerling, Thursday Calm by Christos Passalis and Human Flowers of Flesh by Helena Wittmann. In October 2004, she co-founded the blitz theatre group. Along with the other members of the group, she has directed, written and acted in all of the group’s productions. The group has presented its work in various festivals and theatres in European cities. Since 2018, she has been directing at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland in collaboration with Christos Passalis.
Christos Passalis Director
Born in Thessaloniki. In October 2004 he co-founded the blitz theatre group. Along with the other members of the group, he has directed, written and acted in all of the group’s productions. The group has presented its work in festivals and numerous theatres in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Lebanon, Turkey, Poland, the UK, Austria and Norway. Since 2018, he has been directing at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland in collaboration with Angeliki Papoulia. He has participated in the films Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos, Black Field by Vardis Marinakis, Homeland and The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea by Syllas Tzoumerkas and History’s Future by Fiona Tan. In July 2020, he completed the shooting of his first feature film Thursday Calm (in post-production).
Clio Boboti Set designer
She was born in Athens, where she works as a set designer. She studied set design at Central Saint Martins, London. Part of her postgraduate studies was done in Kraków, focused on research on the work of Tadeusz Kantor. The notions treated by metatheatre have since been a reference point for her work. She has collaborated with Ektoras Lygizos (Noises Off, Onassis Stegi, 2018; The Bacchae, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, 2017; Prometheus Bound, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, 2014; Room Service, Onassis Stegi, 2014, etc), Dimitris Karantzas (The Clouds, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, 2019; Rob, Onassis Stegi, 2018; Heldenplatz, Odos Kykladon Theatre, 2017; Twelfth Night, National Theatre of Greece, 2016, etc) etc. She has art directed the feature films Boy Eating the Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos and Moderation by Anja Kirschner.
Vassilia Rozana Costume designer
Born in Livadia in 1972. She studied at the Department of Economics of the University of Athens. She took classes at the Akis Davis acting workshop. She studied further at the Costume Design Department of the Kallithea Working Youth Centre. She has worked for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2011 Special Olympics, the opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games at Baku and the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. As costume designer, she collaborates with theatre and dance groups as well as film production companies.
Eliza Alexandropoulou Lighting designer
She graduated from the School of Drama of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She was awarded the first Unesco Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, for her stage design work on the subject titled “Babel” at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2007, and a prize for innovative lighting design for Euripides Laskaridis’ Relic performance at the 2017 Theatre and Technology Awards organised by Theatrefullstop in London. She lives and works in Athens as a lighting designer in theatre and dance productions. She has collaborated with Thomas Moschopoulos, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, George Kimoulis, Thodoris Gonis, Euripides Laskaridis, Argyro Chioti, Maria Panourgia, Anestis Azas, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Group Plefsis, Zoe Chatziantoniou, Haris Fragoulis, Christos Passalis, etc. She is a member of the creative lighting group Beforelight. Since 2007, she has been involved in lighting design installations and urban events in Greece and abroad.