Music theatre


Efthimis Filippou / Angeliki Papoulia / Christos Passalis / Ictus


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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

The production LIVER and GNO TV were made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [] 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.


At a glance – Synopsis

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.

Creative team – Cast

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

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