Interview: Triantafyllos Bostantzis of Svoradov Theatre

shatterd-memory-1Image courtesy of Svoradov Theatre

Interview: Triantafyllos Bostantzis of Svoradov Theatre

 

Luca Curci talks with Triantafyllos Bostantzis during VENICE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL | OUT OF BORDERS in Venice.

Svoradov is a name of a street in Bratislava/Slovakia where the idea of the making of the group was conceived. Svoradov Theatre is a group (nowadays working mainly as a duet) where artists collaborate to experiment in all fields of art. Founder of the group is the PhD student of theatrical studies and director Triantafyllos Bostantzis. Main performer of the group is actor and writer Ioanna Lioutsia. Svoradov’s works are Trachinae, Sophocle’s play (2016), Shattered Memory, performance on ancient greek vase paintings get into “life” (2015-2016), Fear of solitude and people, underground art drama (2015-2017), Breath, performance on Samuel Beckett’s shortest play (2015), Dada Soireè, dadaistic happening (2014).

 

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your performance work? Which are your inspirations?

Triantafyllos Bostantzis – Silencio (also known as BREATH) is a performance based on Samuel Beckett’s minimal 25 seconds time play Breath. All human life is just a breath between two cries in rubbish. Other infuences, except Beckett, are David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive sequense in club “Silencio” and Theodor Adorno’s philosophical book Negative Dialectics. Lynch shows a world where all is “just a tape” and Adorno suggests that after Auschwitz “all culture is for rubbish”. In our performance female performer wraps herself with videotape (legs, body, face, eyes) while the masked male performer shows audience photos of concentration camps mixed with monuments of human civilization. At the end of the performance female wrapped performer cries/inhales/cries and falls (dies).

 

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L.C. – What is the message linked to the performance you have shown in VENICE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL | OUT OF BORDERS? How is it connected to the theme of the event?

T.B. – Our performance touches the narrative of Auschwitz, where they died out millions of breaths and then there was silence. As Theodor Adorno says “the fact that Auschwitz happened despite all tradition of philosophy, art and science shows in a way that culture, civilization, spirit can not move and change people”. The message linked to the performance is the breath of civilization lost in the fumes of garbage. The performance is linked with Out Of Borders festival as it tries to “open new scenarios increasing people’s awareness of our world”. Concentration camps and Auschwitz is not too far away from our present world and it could be a horrifying reality if History will repeat itself as a farse.

 

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L.C. – What is your creative process like?

T.B. – History and its theatrical representations are our origins. We are stimulated by things that define our lives and we try to translate things that shape our reality into performing images. Most of the times we get help from books, plays, movies, tv, internet. Images of our routine life act like catalysts and transform everyday experience into performing art. Extremely essential for our work are Place and People, the 2 P’s. It is important where we perform our work and the level of audience’s commitment. Every performance of the same play is different depending on these 2 P’s.

 

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L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

T.B. – We begun as a theatrical group rehearsing classic and modern plays. Our theoretical background is set in Drama Department of School of Fine Arts in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Over the years, we changed our group to a more experimental collectiva on performance, installation and video art. We have performed dadaistic happenings, performing covers on ancient Greek tragedies, and creative adaptations of infamous plays such as Beckett’s Breath . Lately, we work as a performing duet (Triantafyllos Bostantzis, Ioanna Lioutsia) surrounded by various visual artists.

 

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L.C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

T.B. – Artist should be/could be the indicator of the present, the eye of the society, one that tries to take concern of all aspects in life, one who shows people a transformed construction of reality, in order to help them approach traces of truth. As the matter of art is concerned, artist should be, in our opinion, a person who tries to experiment, pushing “constructive reality” beyond known limits to new fields, in order to motivate other people to become artists.

 

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L.C. – Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?

T.B. – Out of border was a fine opportunity for our group to get in touch with a multicultural audience and perform our artwork to a number of people who share common visions and fears. Thus, we found It’s LIQUID’s festival a creative opportunity.

 

L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about our services?

T.B. – We would highly recommend It’s LIQUID to artists. For instance, we faced scheduling date problems, but people of the Group managed to find a decent solution for us to perform our work. We had a dynamic collaboration. 

 

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