The end of the world in Greek: Blitz Theatre Group dances a surreal waltz of death over the ruins of Europe, brimming with subtle melancholy and a fine sense of humour.
Includes ticket for journey to venue by public transport, to be collected at any information and ticket office.
Greek language with German surtitles
Introduction at 19.00
Talk following the performance on Sat 01/10
When everything is disintegrating all you can do is wait for the end while passing the time. Why not with music and dance? An apocalyptic world with three women and three men: Apparently their shabby festive dresses and their memories are all that is left to them. They recount fragmentary stories of the past, of a European war that appears as surreal as the colourful festive illumination of the rundown ballroom where the six people are gathered.
They call up memories of happier times and indulge in a farewell to Europe that is as breathtaking as it is depressing. And they dance. One waltz after the other, as if it were a matter of life and death, interrupted only by enthusiastically performed tricks. What are these people waiting for? What are they looking for?
“He is thinking of Paris, which was destroyed last November”, someone says at one point. It is prophetic and disconcerting associations like this, of a Europe marked by war, terror and anarchy that have turned “Late Night” by Blitz Theatre Group into a great success. The Greek company’s production is now showing for the first time in Austria. Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis and Giorgos Valaïs have been developing theatre productions aimed at finding answers to social questions since 2004. As in many of their pieces, music plays a crucial role in this gentle and poetic dystopia in three-four time. Thanks for the nice time, Europe, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Dramaturgy Blitz Theatre Group, Nikos Flessas
With Maria Filini, Menti Mega, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Fidel Talaboukas, Giorgos Valais
Direction assistance Vasia Attarian
Light Evgenia Vasilakopoulou
Choreography Yannis Nikolaidis
Set design Efi Birba
Costumes Vassilia Rozana
Production Judith Martin / Ligne Directe
Production Blitz Theatre Group, Onassis Cultural Centre
Co-produced by La Filature – Scène Nationale de Mulhouse
Project sponsor Weinhotel Gut Pössnitzberg
Project Management Stephan Pfister, Jakob Schweighofer
Technical Direction Karl Masten
Blitz Theatre Group (GR)
The theatre collective Blitz Theatre Group was founded in Athens in 2004 by Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis and Giorgos Valaïs. “Motherland“ premièred two years later, the debut production of the trio who work jointly and equally on the conception, script development, direction and dramaturgy of their plays. The group find their inspiration and the basis of their material in world literature, pop culture and history, for example Goethe’s Faust (in “Joy Division“, 2009) and poems by T.S. Eliot (in “Vanya. 10 years after“, 2014) along with twentieth-century history (“Guns! Guns! Guns!“, 2012). The Blitz Theatre Group consistently focuses on socially relevant themes, combining them with elements of music, dance and performance to create playful and up-to-date productions.