2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture is setting up a three-day celebration to say goodbye to the Belgian collective TimeCircus that returns to Antwerp after six months and to hand over – now officially – ARKOPOLIS, the ark of eternal youth, this unique cultural space to young people and to the residents of Elefsina.
Drawing their inspiration from this eerie and symbolically charged landscape, Argyro Chioti and Efthimis Filippou compose a monologue that is constantly interrupting songs that interrupt it back. Starring Angeliki Papoulia and The Boy.
At Vlycha in Elefsina, a small peninsula that became a ship graveyard, two siblings arrive with their truck to perform a very special ceremony: to transplant organs from their parents’ bodies into theirs and transform themselves into them. A ceremony with god and the audience as witnesses. “You must all remember that the god will be irritated if he realises that a human is disparaging such a ceremony; and if the god is irritated, then the whole effort will lead to a failure. If the god gets irritated, not only this effort will lead to a failure, but he will also punish all of us, and this punishment will not only be that we will end up in hell after death, but perhaps something even worse than that.”
Mystery 115 Big and Small Ships is an allegorical work about reconciliation with death, with the past and its traumas, as well as with our inevitable resemblance to our parents. Can we manage to do better than they did? A work full of illusions and interventions on the body. Can the action of previous generations be purged from the landscape of Vlycha? Can the rape committed on this peninsula of Elefsina be undone?