Hello to Emptiness
Alternative Stage
Hello to Emptiness

Music theatre - Stephanie Thiersch, Martha Mavroidi

16, 17 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

Artistic direction/stage design:  
Stephanie Thiersch in collaboration with the ensemble

Musical direction/composition
Marhta Mavroidi in collaboration with the ensemble

Dramaturg/texts:
Stawrula Panagiotaki

Light design/technical direction
Begoña Garcia Navas

Costumes:
Lauren Steel

Accompanying expert:
Guy Cools

 

Alternative Stage

Music theatre

Hello to Emptiness

Stephanie Thiersch, Martha Mavroidi

Available Dates

  • 16, 17 Apr 2022

A performance concert

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

 

Produced by: MOUVOIR e.V.

In co-production with: Greek National Opera Alternative Stage, Théâtre de Nîmes, France, SIDance – Seoul International Dance Festival, Korea, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany, Freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln, Germany

 

Starts at 20.30 (Sunday 19.30)  |   

 

The production is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org] to enhance the Greek National Opera’s artistic outreach.

In a time of normalisation of loss and of the void it leaves behind, the performance Hello to Emptiness explores intercultural ways of managing grief and dares to envision a more grounded and human future.

How do we confront the emptiness when fellow humans, landscapes, species and populations disappear or die? How do we see, feel and reflect the void and how do we resonate with the hole their disappearance leaves with us? Most Western societies give little time and space to the experience of death and mourning.

The new interdisciplinary research and performance-concert Hello to Emptiness focuses on re-inventing lost strategies to cope with the void. It is a performative reflection on social vulnerability and questions how to deal with grief, currently charged by the pandemic crisis.

Hello to Emptiness is performed with hybrid artist bodies, singing dancers and dancing singers, to emphasize the deep relation between body, voice and breath. At the beginning of the research conducted by the creators lies the Greek tradition of moiroloi (Greek: speech of fate), an age-old pagan tradition that is not only devoted to dialogue with the deceased, but also applied to communication with nature, employing sounds that imitate animals and natural elements. Five international artists with an interdisciplinary background, led by director Stephanie Thiersch (whose work is intensely involved with questions of social responsibility and utopian designs of future societies) and well-known, versatile composer, singer and performer Martha Mavroidi, put together their personal and subjective knowledge about cultural techniques rooted in different cultural backgrounds (Greece, France, Germany, South Africa, Spain).

At the same time, the 65+ Chorus of the GNO Learning & Participation Department acts as a resonance body of the past (and the future), spinning cultural-historical threads and contextualizing the acting of the performers. Starting from the recovery of historical, diverse practices, the production strives to give birth to possibilities for future application, rededication and contextualization of the existing funeral songs and traditional rituals that inform it, putting their meaning, impact and form into a perspective both artistic and utopian.

Director's Note