GAVDOS: THE HOUSE
A performance first presented in 2012 at the archaeological space of Katalymata
Since its premiere, this work has been touring in Greece and elsewhere in Europe, as an independent theatrical piece, but also as an alternative, embodied narrative of both the excavation at Katalymata and the whole island of Gavdos. Each time, the performance is of course adapted to be compatible with different scenic forms and media, in our continuing efforts to explore how such a project can function even outside the archaeological space which inspired it, and how it can develop as the future unfolds. So far,
– It has been presented at historic houses and other lived-in monuments, namely: in an abandoned apartment in the centre of Athens (MIRfestival); in a house of refugees from the 1920s, the dormitory of Aristotle University, and an artist’s studio apartment in Thessaloniki (Imagined Homes, State Museum of Contemporary Art); as well as in a mansion of the 19th century Muslim community in Irakleio, Crete (MonitorFest). In all these instances, the original performance was re-organised and adapted to the different rooms and spaces of each building, and to their functions and history: we used an analogy with those of the Bronze Age building at Katalymata, our first source of inspiration.
– Invited by the Goethe Institute, The Temporary Academy of Arts and the Actopolis—The Art of Action project, the work was presented as a lecture performance in Germany, Serbia and Greece. In all these cases, the Gavdos excavation remains the key reference, but the script is enriched with new texts which permit to explore alternative modes of dwelling and contemporary urban living—the main theme of the Actopolis project.
– The video of the 2012 performance was displayed in the framework of three exhibitions of contemporary art, in Thessaloniki (Imagined Homes, State Museum of Contemporary Art) and Athens (Fever of the Antique, Association of Greek Archaeologists, [Out]topias, Benaki Museum), together with documentation material, photographs, printed texts and archaeological drawings and reports, as well as audio tracks, which illustrated its birth, but also the methodology that we suggest when adopting such a “different” approach to the monuments and other ancient finds. As a parallel event to the latter exhibition, we organised a round table discussion on the interplay between archaeology and the performing arts (click here).