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Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology


Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology

Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator − Narrative Archaeology, one of the most significant action-models of the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture programme, returns curated and directed by Gemma Hansson Carbone, in collaboration with Hliana Kaladami, with a renew cast, on 22, 23, 28 & 31 March at the iconic archaeological site of Ancient Eleusis.

Contributors:

Supervision – Concept: Michail Marmarinos
Curated & Directed by: Gemma Hansson Carbone
Associate Director: Hliana Kaladami
Special Scientific Consultant: Ioulia Kaoura 

Researchers – Artists – Performers: Thanasis Akokkalidis, Elektra Angelopoulou, Ilektra Kartanou, Isavella Kasimati, Giota Kouitzoglou, Vasilis Mavrianos, Foivos Michos-Rammos, Eleni Moleski, Nikoleta Xenariou
Soundscape: Dimitris Kamarotos

Director of Photography – Documentary: Maria Gaitanidi

Collaborators During Previous Phases: Kostantza Kapsali, George Kritharas, Phaedon Moudopoulos, Vladimiros Nikolouzos, Iosifina Perdikidou, Gary Salomon

A production by 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture 

Supported by the Ephorate of Antiquities of West Attica

The project Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology is realised in the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan “Greece 2.0” with funding from the European Union – NextGenerationEU.

Information:

Dates: 22, 23, 28 & 31 March

Location: Archaeological site of Elefsina

Arrival times: 10:30 & 13:00

Duration: 110 minutes

Maximum number of people per presentation: 30 people

Admission by pre-booking here | The entrance fee, 6 € and 3 € (reduced), is payable on the arrival at the archaeological site on the day of the performance.

In the same context, a conference entitled “Narrative Archaeology | Performance in archaeological sites and excavation of human experience” is being organised for the first time on 29 and 30 March, at the Old Oil Mill Factory of Elefsina, with the main aim of encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue between the fields of Arts and Archaeology. More information and registration here.

In close collaboration with the archaeologists working at the archaeological site of Ancient Eleusis, the members of the permanent Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology working group and new collaborators selected following the Open Call by 2023 Eleusis present this March the fruit of a long evolutionary process that began in February 2022, with a performance/on-site interaction with this iconic landscape in the city. The history of the archaeological site of Ancient Eleusis meets the present of this tour, which is constantly reconfigured, regenerated and evolving, transcending the conventions of temporality.

Drawing upon the performing arts, this innovative activity explores the concealed Narrative of the archaeological landscape, transforming scientific information into an experience for the visitor. Through movement, sound, music and new media, in this “performance of the narrative” the characters guide the audience on a visit to the silent presence of the Past as a living body.

A few words about Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology

Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology is a Legacy Project of 2023 Eleusis, which continues, after the end of the year of the title, as methodology – model. Approaching methodological tools of artistic and research projects that have been successfully carried out in Italy under the curatorship and artistic direction of Michail Marmarinos, in collaboration with the Archaeological Society of Florence and the city’s National Archaeological Museum, artists-researchers from different fields of Arts and Sciences embarked on a long evolutionary process in the context of an on-site conversation with the archaeological site of Elefsina, in close cooperation with the archaeologists working there. In the framework of the European Capital of Culture, this prominent site is creating a model field of encounter between Arts and Archaeology, aiming to become an example of applied methodology for other cultural heritage sites in Greece and beyond. For more information: 2023eleusis.eu.

Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator − Narrative Archaeology seeks the answers to two fundamental questions: 

Why do we visit an archaeological site today?

What do we seek there among the ruins?

The action is governed by the following principles:

  • Every archaeological site is a Necropolis
  • Every archaeological site is still, mute, silent
  • Archaeology is the science of human history
  • Theatre is an art about human history

Ultimately, every visit to an archaeological site is a Νekyia – a voyage of Odysseus to the realm of shadows. In the context of this particular action, artists-researchers from various fields of arts, humanities and archaeology utilize methodological tools from artistic and research projects in an interdisciplinary art project – a work in progress that could be called Narrative Archaeology: “Ways of highlighting the interactivity of archaeological sites with the help of the Performing Arts”

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Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends

From 29 March to 8 April, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents in the foyer of Cine Eleusis Cultural Centre Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends, an exhibition dedicated to the flora of the Archaeological Site of Elefsina, created by the artist Violeta Diamanti-Meletiou and the teacher Irini Yovanou.


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“The 3rd three-day documentary screening event is coming to the historic Cine Elefsina with an unpredictable tribute by the Greek Documentary Association, the premiere of the film ‘Persephone, the Red Carpet,’ and screenings for children and young adults!”

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