Synopsis and Team
Concept / Libretto / Directing: Ελλη Παπακωνσταντίνου (Elli Papakonstantinou, Greece)
Musical composition / Orchestration: Τηλέμαχος Μουσας (Tilemachos Mousas, Greece)
Video Design / Real-time video / Set and Costumes Design: Παντελής Μάκκας (Pantelis Makkas, Greece)
Performer/vocalist/santoor player: Μαριλένα Χρυσοχοϊδη (Marilena Chrisochoidi, Greece)
Performer/vocalist/Pedals & Effects: Blaine Reininger (USA)
Performer/vocalist/electric piano player/Music coaching: Αναστασία Κατσιναβάκη (Anastasia Katsinavaki, Greece)
Performer/vocalist: Βιβή Πέτση (Vivi Petsi, Greece)
Dramaturgical collaboration: Στέλλα Ράπτη ( Stella Rapti, Greece)
Dramaturgical collaboration: Tanja Diers (Denmark)
Lighting design: Ολυµπία Μυτιληναίου (Olympia Mytilinaiou, Greece)
Assistant Director: Κατερίνα Δρακοπούλου (Katerina Drakopoulou, Greece)+
Producer: ODC Ensemble, supported by The Greek Ministry of Culture, the European Union (Creative Lenses), the Danish Arts Council.
Premiere: 1-31-2018 / Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun / Athens, Greece
A digital re-calibration of the symbolic potency of Plato’s Cave allegory which aims squarely at fake news, social networks, virtual reality, allowing audiences to reflect on the walls and shadows around us. It’s a mash up cyberpunk opera where music, cinema, digital and visual technology collide; a living experience where everything is created in real time. ODC Ensemble is led by Athens based Elli Papakonstantinou and their work embraces the bewilderment of the audience in the face of persistent dislocation.
"Eli Papakonstantinou´s THE CAVE takes us by storm with its powerful sound and visuals from the very first minute. Very much like today´s worldwide "reality": a cacophony of social media, "news," non-stop visual information, and the voices of the multiple channels of information that bombard us from dawn to dusk. But, is this "reality" or are we still trapped in Plato´s cave?"
(Shoshana Polanco for the Jury Members of the 2018 edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition)