AN IMAGINARY SYMPOSIUM (2018)

AN IMAGINARY SYMPOSIUM (2018)

Inspired by the symposia of ancient Greek society, An Imaginary Symposium seeks to formulate alternative modes of sociability to reimagine our coexistence. On stage unfolds a live experiment on common thinking in an attempt to reactivate speculative imagining. In which way can we dream collectively about our present and create visions for our future?

An Imaginary Symposium meets its audience in two distinct but nevertheless related forms: a theatre piece (stage version) and an interactive performance (participatory version). In both cases, the participants (performers or members of the audience) experiment with narratives and aesthetics present, in order to voice issues of shared concern. While eating and drinking, they discuss different imaginaries for complex societies. Modes of sociability in ancient Greece are radically brought together on stage with modes of artificial intelligence. An algorithm, projecting random words and phrases on stage, plays a central role in the way the participants of the imaginary symposium deconstruct discourses on social and political realities.

CREDITS
Concept, creation: Danae Theodoridou
Created with and performed by: Lara Barsacq, Sabine Cmelniski, Ilektra Fragiadaki, Eleni Mylona, Mariela Nestora, Danae Theodoridou, Katerina Zisoudi
Costumes & set design: Maria Panourgia
Dramaturgical advice: Katja Dreyer, Konstantina Georgelou, Betina Panagiotara
Movement advice: Katerina Andreou, Mariela Nestora
Artistic Assistance: Rodia Vomvolou
Creation of Algorithm: Dimitrios Stasinopoulos

Production: Hiros
With the support of the Flemish community
Co-production: BUDA (BE), Indisciplinarte (IT)
Supported by: Vooruit & workspacebrussels (BE), BIOS (GR), PACT (GE)