Virginia Woolf's "The Waves"

The English literary masterpiece on the Greek stage for the first time. 

 

Our friends, how seldom visited, how little known—it is true; and yet, when I meet an unknown person, and try to break off, here at this table, what I call ‘my life,’ it is not one life that I look back upon; I am not one person; I am many people; I do not altogether know who I am—Jinny, Susan, Neville, Rhoda, or Louis: or how to distinguish my life from theirs”. 

 

Bernard’s words in the final chapter of The Waves crystallize the message of hope contained in Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking novel. This lyrical, dreamy show follows every phase in the lives of a group of friends from childhood to adulthood and maturity as each of them strives to find their individual identity and bond with one another. 

The seventh friend, Percival, is their ideal: flawless, godlike, his virtues worshipped, himself revered. His passing is a milestone for every member of the group. Nothing can ever be the same after his death, and, in their early twenties, each of them has to re-invent himself or herself. In this performance, Percival enters the stage accompanied by a 15-member orchestra band. He or she – gender unknown - records the faces of his beloved friends on camera, until he or she dies, with the greatest of dignity, in a dance both heartrending and uplifting.

 

Growing old with friends and allowing yourself to be influenced by and defined through others is one of the most meaningful aspects of life. This is what Woolf’s magnificent poetic words tell us in Bernard’s retrospective narrative.

 

 

TRANSLATED BY: Aris Berlis

ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY: Agelita Tsougou

 

CHOREOGRAPHY: Ermira Goro

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC: Aris Siafas

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Katerina Maragoudaki

SET DESIGNER: Rallou Panagiotou

COSTUME DISIGNER: Angelos Frentzos

VIDEO: Haris Germanidis

LIVE VIDEO: Ermira Goro 

 

CAST

BERNARD: Babis Gousias

SUSAN: Sunny Hatziargyri

RHODA: Antigoni Drakoulaki

LOUIS: Flavius Neagu 

JINNY: Sofianna Theofanous/Kitty Paitazoglou 

NEVILLE: Stathis Mantzoros/Dimitris Tselios

PERCIVAL: Ermira Goro

 

LIVE MUSIC BY: 15-member Orchestra

CONDUCTOR: Kostas Ioannides

 

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