THEATRE AT THE ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Directed by Konstantin Bogomolov
22 November—10 December 2017 | MAIN STAGE | 20:00
“Full freedom will come only when it makes no difference whether to live or not to live.”
This is the first time the OCC has invited a foreign director to work with Greek actors. The innovative Russian director, whose 2016 production of The Karamazovs was critically acclaimed, returns to the OCC with another work by Dostoyevsky.
Nihilists and prophets, terrorists and revolutionaries, assassins and suicides overrun the Onassis Cultural Centre (22 November-10 December). The expansive fictional world of Demons (1870–72) has been adapted for the stage by Russian director, Konstantin Bogomolov (b.1975), marking the first time the OCC has invited a foreign director to work with Greek actors.
The choice is anything but coincidental. Bogomolov introduced himself to the Greek public with his five-hour adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov at the OCC, which was enthusiastically received by critics and the public alike. The production relocated Dostoyevsky’s emblematic novel from the late nineteenth century to the milieu of Russia’s contemporary oligarchs. The decision was characteristic of his sharply satirical work and importance as an artist.
Now the innovative Russian director is returning to the OCC with another of Dostoyevsky’s works. With his Greek cast and crew, Bogomolov will immerse us in the dark universe of Stavrogin, Verkhovensky and Dostoyevsky’s other anti-heroes. A polyphonic work which gives a voice to characters on the fringes of Russian society but also a political statement and a philosophical novel that is confessional and sarcastic in equal measure, Demons focuses on the activities of a circle of young nihilists. According to Konstantin Bogomolov, however, Demons is less about nihilism and socialism than it is about a passion for life and the allure of death. As he puts it: "Dostoyevsky gives us a suicide club: all his heroes are obsessed with death, bewitched by it. And in so far as the work treats suicide as a life choice rather than an act of desperation, its suicidal heroes call to mind the suicide bombers of our present." So how different would Dostoyevsky’s Possessed/Demons be if, though remaining European and Christian, they grew up in another era, another country? Are demons very different from angels in our here and now?
"Surfacing from the deepest depths of our nature, dark instincts and primordial demons lead us stray. But could these demons be our new gods and our new truth? Where will the search for a new truth lead us: to a new salvation or a renewed fascism?" It is with these questions in mind that Bogomolov shifts the action from a small, provincial town in pre-revolutionary Russia to the Greece of today. Armed with anger and ecstasy, his Demons have never been more contemporary, ‘Greek’, ‘Russian’ and universal.
With English subtitles
(Subtitles translation: Memi Katsoni).
Direction, Adaptation: Konstantin Bogomolov
Translation: Alexandra Ioannidou
Sets, Costumes: Larisa Lomakina
Lighting: Yannis Drakoularakos
Dramaturgical editing of translation: Eri Kyrgia
Assistant Director: Dimitra Mitropoulou, Chrysa Kouyoumtzi
Assistant Set Designer: Myrto Lambrou
Costume Design Assistant: Daphne Iliopoulou
Rehearsals Translator: Irina Smyshlyaeva-Stathopoulou
Performers: Aris Balis, Miltiadis Fiorentzis, Chrysa Kouyoumtzi, Elena Meggreli, Antonis Myriagos, Maria Panourgia, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Elena Topalidou, Aineias Tsamatis, Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Production Management: Rena Andreadaki, Maria Dourou
Production: Onassis Cultural Centre
Thursday 23 November
Masterclass with Konstantin Bogomolov
Friday 24 November
Post-show Q&A with Konstantin Bogomolov
Onassis Cultural Centre
22 November—10 December 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 20:00
Running Time: 4 hours (with 1 intermission)
Full price: 7, 15, 20, 28, 35, 40 €
Reduced, Friend & Groups 5-9 people: 12, 16, 22, 28, 32 €
Groups 10+ people: 11, 14, 20, 25, 28 €
Neighbourhood residents: 7 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 10 €