Blitz Theatre Group

Available for download Blitz’s french press release

Revue presse BLITZ juin 2015.pdf

The Blitztheatregroup is a creative collective formed in 2004 by three artists : Yorgos Valais, Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis.

The group’s basic principles are the following: Theatre is a field where people meet each other and exchange ideas in the most essential way, not a field for virtuosity and ready made truths. There is a need for answers to what society asks from art today and what theatrical structures stand for in the dawn of the 21th century. All members are equal throughout conception, writing, direction and dramaturgy process, everything is under doubt, there is nothing to be taken for granted, neither in theatre nor in life.

In all their plays they ask the following question : how to represent a world that is in constant change and plunges people into perplexity ?

They present their first production, MOTHERLAND, in 2006. In 2007 they create NEW ORDER, simulation of a peculiar game show where the spectators play the part of a jury. The contestants are two divorced couples that try to solve the dead-ends of their relationship, reading each other’s letters in public, dancing, singing, cursing or being violent.

In 2009 JOY DIVISION, a Goethe’s version of FAUST and KATERINI are created. This last show, KATERINI, it is a five and a half hour performance that takes place in six rooms and an open, public space. The spectator visits the rooms by appointment and meets one performer, alone. The public space changes functions continuously: it’s a place of announcements, public speeches, entertainment, or just a meeting point where you can have your drink. The rooms, each one with its own scenario, narrate a whole new story, giving new light to the dramaturgy of the performance.

In 2010 CINEMASCOPE arrives. It is a new performance genre, an amalgam of cinema and theatre. The spectators, wearing wireless headphones, isolated behind a glass wall, watch the ‘spectacle’ that is taking place out in the street. They see 13 performers live the last days of the world, along with random passers-by, who, without knowing it, participate in the performance. At the same time, they hear the thoughts of the performers along with fake sound effects that have nothing to do with what the reality they see in front of their eyes, texts that the actors perform live and the voice of an invisible narrator who leads them to the details of the story.

In 2011, GALAXY is first presented for the first time in a parking lot in Athens. A 3-to-7-hours-long game, it later went into repertory at the Berlin Schaubühne in 2012 and whose french version was created in the Centre National Dramatique in Reims as part of the 2013 Reims- scènes d’Europe festival.

From 2012 onwards, the european public starts beign acknowledged of Blitz’s productions. GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!, a delirious review of the 20th century for six performers, is presented in the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris. From there it will travel for the next three years around festivals in France and Germany.

Meanwhile, in Greece, where the population express more than ever their disappointment and dissatisfaction with government politics and economics, Blitztheatregroup creates 2 productions to say goodbye to a world on the verge of disappereance : DON QUIXOTE, a mix of invented and reenacted pathetic and violent adventures of an aged knight living in a nightmare, and LATE NIGHT, an invitation to have a dance over the ruins of a devasted Europe : to danse, to resist, to keep alive by the means of poetry. This last show has been presented in all major theaters in France and in prestigious festivals in Germany, Italy and Dutchland, like the Utrecht’s Huis A/D Werf or the Hanovre Theaterformen’s festival.

In 2014, the year of Blitztheatregroup’s 10th anniverssary, the original trio found themselves « alone » on stage with VANIA. 10 ANS APRÈS. In this production they mix Chekhov’s classic text with poetry from  T.S.Elliot and rehearsal-written-texts. VANIA. 10 ANS APRÈS it’s a ceremony that tries to make peace with their past while making a poetic profecy and wish to the future.

In 2015, inspired by Friedrich Hölderlin’s Menon’s Lament for Diotima and Andrei Tarkovski’s film Stalker, Blitz creates 6 AM. HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY, its most radical piece or stage narrative as a science-fiction odyssey. This show was coproduced and presented by Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Festival d’Avignon, le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, La Filature in Mulhouse, El Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisbon, la Comédie de Reims.

In the 2016-2017 season, Blitz’s performances continue touring while they create a new production, THE INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL LONELINESS.

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Athens, Greece


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