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This summer we are directing the opera-performance “Il Diluvio Universale” (The Great Flood), based on the rare Baroque oratorio composed by Michelangelo Falvetti, collaborating creatively with distinguished musicians and lyrical singers. Presented in Greece for the very first time, the oratorio of this provocative Sicilian priest caused a sensation when it was originally performed. Inspired by the Biblical story of the Great Flood, its protagonists are natural elements such as water, fire and air rather than Biblical figures. In this strange condition of this summer, we fill our Ark with claims and urgency that concern us, opening the biblical story to the here and now.

We want to dedicate our show to the memory of Gay activist Zak Kostopoulos.

 

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THE LAIR is a feature fiction film based on the homonymous short story by Nikos Kasdaglis, produced by Nova Melancholia and co-produced by the Greek Film Centre. 

Athens. The last day of a female member of an illegal terrorist organization. Despina shoots, kills, wanders around the city, tries to find help, fails in every attempt, gets shot, dies in her apartment. The movie attempts a personal portrait of the city of Athens through the drifting of the main character. The Lair -a low budget production with DIY aesthetics and queer elements- is an existential road movie.

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The performance draws its initial inspiration from the "Letters from Prison" sent by the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg to Sonia Liebknecht between 1917 and 1918. What is Utopia? What is heroism? How do we fancy a landscape? Rosa seems to find heroism in the humble fight of an overturned beetle with the ants or in a bird’s outburst! How can we deal with the small, seemingly insignificant in heroic terms?  What is worth, for us, fighting for? Let’s create an ephemeral monument, a tribute to Rosa, by using precarious objects and materials just like our bodies and voices!
 
FESTIVAL PRIMAVERA DEI TEATRI, Castrovillari, Italia
28 May 2019 

 

  • IL DILUVIO UNIVERSALE

    Little Epidaurus 31 July & 1st August

    Now

    This summer we are directing the opera-performance “Il Diluvio Universale” (The Great Flood), based on the rare Baroque oratorio composed by Michelangelo Falvetti, collaborating creatively with distinguished musicians and lyrical singers. Presented in Greece for the very first time, the oratorio of this provocative Sicilian priest caused a sensation when it was originally performed. Inspired by the Biblical story of the Great Flood, its protagonists are natural elements such as water, fire and air rather than Biblical figures. In this strange condition of this summer, we fill our Ark with claims and urgency that concern us, opening the biblical story to the here and now.

    We want to dedicate our show to the memory of Gay activist Zak Kostopoulos.

     

  • THE LAIR

    THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Now

    THE LAIR is a feature fiction film based on the homonymous short story by Nikos Kasdaglis, produced by Nova Melancholia and co-produced by the Greek Film Centre. 

    Athens. The last day of a female member of an illegal terrorist organization. Despina shoots, kills, wanders around the city, tries to find help, fails in every attempt, gets shot, dies in her apartment. The movie attempts a personal portrait of the city of Athens through the drifting of the main character. The Lair -a low budget production with DIY aesthetics and queer elements- is an existential road movie.

  • IMAGINE A HEROIC LANDSCAPE

    SPRING 2019

    Now
    The performance draws its initial inspiration from the "Letters from Prison" sent by the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg to Sonia Liebknecht between 1917 and 1918. What is Utopia? What is heroism? How do we fancy a landscape? Rosa seems to find heroism in the humble fight of an overturned beetle with the ants or in a bird’s outburst! How can we deal with the small, seemingly insignificant in heroic terms?  What is worth, for us, fighting for? Let’s create an ephemeral monument, a tribute to Rosa, by using precarious objects and materials just like our bodies and voices!
     
    FESTIVAL PRIMAVERA DEI TEATRI, Castrovillari, Italia
    28 May 2019 

     

The Collective

  • Vassilis Noulas

    He was born in New York in 1975. He is a theatre and film director and a visual artist based in Athens. He is founding member and the main director of the theatre collective Nova Melancholía. In his work, he attempts to re-approach elements of the Greek and the European traditions of "melancholy", hence gradually constructing his personal spiritual genealogy. He studied Drama at the University of Athens, Visual Arts at the ASFA and pursued postgraduate studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. His work has been presented at the Athens Festival, the Onassis Cultural Center, the National Opera House, the Athens Biennale, as well as in squats, apartments and self-managed spaces. He is the author of five books of poetry and small prose. “The Lair”, first feature film, premiered at the Thessaloniki Festival 2019. In the recent years he has taken part in several bottom-up city movements: Mavili Collective, Theatre Embros Occupancy, Green Park Occupancy. He has been collaborating since 2014 with Kostas Tzimoulis on their joint visual project VASKOS.

  • Kostas Tzimoulis

    He is a visual artist based in Athens. In his work he experiments with various mediums such as sculpture, video, photography, performance and publications. His work evolves around the issues of boundaries between private and public, home and city, inside and outside. The exploration of the boundaries has been primal in his work, in a conscious but mostly subconscious level. He seems to be attracted by places or areas that stand in-between two contrasting situations. 

    He studied visual arts at the ASFA and pursued postgraduate studies at Westminster University, London and the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. He has presented five solo exhibitions in Athens, Thessaloniki, Belgrade and Sarajevo. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Vassilis Noulas in their common visual project VASKOS. He is a member of the performance group Nova Melancholia. He was an active member of the Green Park cultural occupancy (2015-2017) and co-organized the DIY Performance Biennial “No Future” (Green Park Athens & Kythira, June 2016). Since 2019, he belongs at the creative team of EIGHT – a critical institute for arts and politics. 

     
  • Vicky Kyriakoulakou

     
     
    She was born in Athens and works as an actress, director and teacher. She has a BA in Finance Management and Banking from University of Piraeus, a BA in Acting from Santa Barbara Drama School and a MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths's University of London. She has co-founded Nova Melancholia in Athens (2006) -of which she is basic performer- and Vacuum Theatre in London (2012), where she acts, directs and writes. During 2017, she performed in the "Age of Innocence" by Doukas Kapantais at the Onassis Cultural Center and in "Maritime Hot Baths" by Ilias Papadimitrakopoulos at Athens' Festival, both productions of Nova Melancholia. She also directed "Yvonne, the Princess of Bourgoundy" by Witold Gobrowicz, perforemed by Vickings, a group of students of hers. Finally, she presented at Battersea Arts Centre in London her last work which she co-created, co-starred and co directed with Kit Redstone, which is called "Pootopia"!
     
    vickykyriakoulakou@yahoo.com
     
  • Despina Chatzipavlidou

     

     
    She was born in Kavala in 1971. She lives in Athens and works as an actress while teaching motion and contact improvisation. With her work she aims to the expression of personal freedom, grounding - consciously and without limits - in the body any other mental or spiritual impulse that arises during the creative process.
     
    She studied film directing at the Stavrakos School and acting at the Akis Davis theater workshop. Brought in the modern theater and improvisation by Roula Pateraki and Mirka Giementzaki, she studied the relationship between body and voice. She studied release technics next to Christina Kleisiouni, conscious movement, improvisation and contact improvisation. Trained in Authentic Movement (3 year program) by Helen Levidis.

    She creates shows of motionimprovisation and authentic movement with the "3=4" company. She collaborates as a dancer with the 'Helix' company. She directed and dramatized 5 traditional Greek tales in the show "And if you believe it", funded by the Ministry of Culture. She has choreographed the show "Cut project" for "Entropy" theatre in Berlin and Athens with the support of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).
    He played in the movie "Thief or Reality" of Antoinette Angelides and was nominated for the National Actress Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2001.
     
    She collaborates with Nova Melancholia since 2007.
     
    desapoin@otenet.gr
     
  • Alexia Sarantopoulou

    She was born in Athens. She is an actress and director. She studied Sociology in Panteion University in Athens, dance in Laban Centre in London and completed the Programme of Postgraduate Studies Research in Architecture: Design- Space- Culture in the National Technical University of Athens. In 2010 she started collaborating as an actress with the Italian theater company Motus. She collaborates with Nova Melancholia since 2014. She is based in Athens and in Rome.

  • Dora Economou

    She is a visual artist based in Athens. Dora Economou visits places, text and materials she has had a relationship with, either literal or fictional, takes samples and builds them into sculptures. She contemplates on whether their memory can still be recognized once their evidence has been removed.

    She has presented four solo shows in Athens (A Modern Hug : 2013, By The Spring Of Production : 2011, Dekapedaugustos : 2007, The Lost State Of Grace : 2005) and participated in group shows nationally and internationally. Selectively: LUSTLANDS AT Family Business, NY (2013). After Abstraction, Greek Art Institute (2012). Monodrome: Athens Biennial 3, Greek art, Sem-Art, Monaco (2011). Cabinets of Miracles, Zone D, Athens (2010). Strutture Precarie, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy (2009). Point of Origin, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, (2008), In Present Tense, Young Greek Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2007). Art Fab 'Women in Europe', Saint Tropez (2006), 4th Deste Prize, Deste Foundation, Athens (2005). So much…so great…, Larissa Contemporary Art Center (2004). In March 2013 she started the fanzine “Kypseli”.

    She collaborates closely with the performance group Nova Melancholia and the choreographer Kostas Tsiukas .

  • Emi Kitsali

    She was born in Athens in 1975 and still lives and works there. She is an architect and a teacher.

    She studied Architecture in Thessaloniki and received a master degree in Urban Studies in Paris. At the moment she studies once more in the postgraduate program Cultural Management in Athens.

    She teaches design and history of art in the secondary education and she works with student theater groups. In the past she has participated in architectural and urban projects.

    She is member of Nova Melancholia theatre company since 2006 as a graphic designer and more.

  • Manolis Tsipos [active member until 2011]

    He was born in 1979 in Athens, Greece. He is active in the contemporary performing arts field as maker, dramaturge and writer. In 2015-2016 he participated as a choreographer at the Research Studios #2 at P.A.R.T.S. His staged work (performance/choreography) has been presented in Greece and abroad, in various contexts (festivals, biennials, conferences, site-specific).

    He is founding member of the performance collective “Nova Melancholia” - in which he has been an active member until 2011 - and of the Institute for Live Arts Research |Π|, both based in Athens. He holds a MA degree on Environmental Sciences and Politics [1997-2002]. He is a DasArts alumni [2010-2012]. In the past he has been the Mentor of the 3rd year students of SNDO in Amsterdam [2012–2015]. Often he works as performance/dance dramaturge for other artists. He also moderates workshops on the DasArts Feedback Method, internationally.

    As awarded writer of prose and poetry, his hybrid texts have been presented in the Avignon Festival IN, FRASCATI Amsterdam, the Greek National Theatre, the Athens Festival and elsewhere. Texts of his have been published in Greek and French.

    vimeo.com/manolistsipos 

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