The performance “My Mother’s Sin” by G. Vizyenos, placed already under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Greeks Abroad – Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the auspices of Hellenic Republic Ministry of Tourism, will be presented for the first time in English.
The performance is going to tour the U.S. in November 2018 and will be presented at universities and a wider audience of Hellenism abroad.
“My Mother’s Sin,” an autobiographical short story written by Georgios Vizyenos in 1883 speaks of forgiveness, guilt and atonement in a confessional manner.
The aim of this venture is to reveal Vizyenos’ therapeutic confession abroad, beyond Greek borders.
The story’s central figure is Annio, a sickly little girl, around whom the plot is developed. We follow the course of the girl’s illness and the mother’s vain efforts to save her, in order to redeem herself from a hidden sin.
Absorbed in her daughter and her illness, the mother seems to have forgotten that she has three other boys, as well. After the death of her daughter, she proceeds to successive adoptions of little girls, evoking reactions from her remaining children.
One body both transmitter and receiver of speech, encompasses all the characters, the souls and the voices, of both the living and the dead. One by one each emerges in order for its own voice to be heard. Guided by poetry, rhythm and musicality a static body gradually arrives at a state of conflict with itself. A human enacts the drama, reviving the ancient trauma and gets one step closer to the Platonic A-litheia*.
*A-litheia means “Truth” in Greek. α-ληθεια = α (=non) + ληθη (=loss of memory). Α-litheia is the
disestablishment of oblivion, the regaining of memory.
Tour November 2018
Harvard University – Monday, November 12
Yale University – Wednesday, November 14
Columbia University – Saturday, November 17
Floridan Palace Hotel, Tampa, Florida – Thursday, November 29
University of Illinois at Chicago – TBA
Adaptation: Rena Kyprioti
Direction: Danae Roussou
Intepretation: Rena Kyprioti
Music Composer: Nikos Kypourgos
Costume: Vana Giannoula
Lighting: Danae Roussou
Assistant Director: Eirini Vourlakou
Graphic Design: Paris Mexis
Trailer : Giorgos Nikopoulos
Production coordinator: Ilektra Kalaitzaki
Production: POLYPLANITY Productions