''The city where I belong is called Athens .
She is an old lady .
With long hairs
With fake teeth
With dirty hands
She doesn't have memory
She doesn't have friends or relatives
The city where I belong is called Athens ''
I TRY, a solo performance by Anastasia Papatheodorou, appeals to the present-day economic crisis in Greece and its subsequent social upheaval. The country which thinks itself the cradle of the Western civilization, is once again approaching ruin. How will this dire situation affect the soul of the modern Greece and its most vulnerable inhabitants: the young, the elderly, the unemployed, and the artistic community, which so often suffers first?
I TRY incorporates a projected film tour along the streets of contemporary Athens with powerful imagery of the recent violent episodes, while the artist performs an improvised interference with the moving image through poetry and choreography. Upon the completion of the performance, the audience will be encouraged to engage with the artist verbally to address the key issues in her works such as:
- What does it mean to be Greek in the times of such a crisis?
- What are the roles and responsibilities or art and artists in the time of crisis?
- Can performance be a political action?
- Can such an action change the state of affairs?