Anestis Azas, Prodromos Tsinikoris: CLEAN CITY
Monday, August 22nd, at 7.30 pm
The Old Power Station – Elektro Ljubljana
Clean City by Anestis Azas and Prodromos Tsinikoris, directors vacillating between Greece and Germany, challenges the rhetoric of »cleaning« that manifested at the pinnacle of the Greek crisis, blaming migrants for all the »dirt« in society. They address it in literal manner, seeking to answer who in fact cleans the city in concrete reality. The result is a documentary performance portraying five cleaning ladies that came to Greece from Albania, South Africa, the Philippines, Bulgaria and Moldova.
A performance illuminating the invisible workers of the world who keep the globe spinning while at the same time paying society’s debt – incurred in return for the chance to partake in the prosperity of the Greek milieu, multiplied by the recent crisis crashing first and foremost on their shoulders. A poignant performance, sobering yet full of humour, for the protagonists’ vitality is unbreakable, their sacrifice translating into an investment in the future generation: progeny. Their fates express a certain universality, not due to the ubiquitous presence of the cleaner’s profession but because their tribulations are so often reminiscent of our own personal trials.
Research, text and direction: Anestis Azas, Prodromos Tsinikoris
Performing: Mabel Matchidiso Mosana, Rositsa Pandalieva, Fredalyn Resurreccion, Drita Shehi, Valentina Ursache
Dramaturgy: Margarita Tsomou
Set and costume design: Eleni Stroulia
Assistant to the set costume designer: Zaira Falirea Oblikovanje svetlobe/Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Music: Panagiotis Manouilidis
Video: Nikos Pastras
Assistant directors: Ioanna Valsamidou, Liana Taousiani
Production manager: Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos
Video appearance: Nelly Kambouri
Puppet construction: Yiannis Katranitsas
Translation of the performance: Polona Vozel
Coproduced by: Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, Goethe-Institut (v okviru projekta EUROPOLY/in the context of EUROPOLY project)
Touring support: Onassis Culturall Centre – Athens
Photo: Christina Georgiadou
The performance is in Greek with Slovene and English surtitles.