Čtyři dny | Four days

Motus (IT)

Alexis. Una Tragedia Greca / Alexis. A Greek Tragedy

/ Theatre, Festival program 2013
  • Tuesday Nov 26 / 19:30, Archa Theatre

On 6 December 2008 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos was walking with his friends through Athens’ anarchist neighbourhood of Exarchia. A brief skirmish with several police officers, the details of which remain unclear, ended with the boy’s death. Within two hours, his shooting led to an unprecedented worldwide wave of protests against the corrupt police system in which we live.

With this documentary theatre performance about Alexis, which they wrote and directed and for which they did the scenography (including photographs and videos shot in Athens featuring interviews with journalists and Alexis’s friends), the artistic duo of Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò (the founders of Italy’s famous Motus ensemble) confirm that today’s theatre can directly reflect events in society. Working with a modern adaptation of Antigone, they present youth rebellion in Greece literally from a first-hand perspective.

The performance has received numerous awards, and was named best foreign play of the 2011/12 season by Quebec’s Association of Theatre Critics. The New York Times’ traditionally conservative theatre critic Ben Brantley, who saw Alexis last year at the famous off-off-Broadway venue La Mama, wrote: “The heat that rises from these debates may give you brain burn, but it’s also thoroughly absorbing. So watch out. Toward the show’s end you may wind up leaping to the stage to join an instant protest movement!”

Motus was founded in 1991 in Rimini in the Emilia-Romagna region, which is seen as the centre of Italian experimental theatre. During its existence, this progressive theatre ensemble has created performances for both traditional as well as non-traditional theatre venues. One of its most famous productions was a 2003 performance showing the life and work of legendary Italian director, provocateur and communist Pier Paolo Pasolini. At the 4+4 Days in Motion festival in 2007, Motus presented its adaptation of Fassbinder’s melodrama The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and in 1999 with performance Orlando Furioso.


In Italian with English and Czech subtitles
70 min

Idea and directors: Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò
Performers: Silvia Calderoni, Vladimir Aleksic, Massimiliano Rassu, Alexia Sarantopoulou
Collaboration of Michalis Traitsis and Giorgina Pilozzi
Assistant director: Nicolas Lehnebach
Dramaturgy: Daniela Nicolò
Video editing: Enrico Casagrande
Sound: Andrea Gallo
Music: Pyrovolismos sto prosopo by The Boy
Music in the video: Nikos of the Centro Libertario Nosotros, Stavros of the band Deux ex machina
Lights and sets: Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò
Technical director: Valeria Foti
Public relations and press: Sandra Angelini, Lisa Gilardino
Organisation and logistics: Elisa Bartolucci, Valentina Zangari
Administration: Elisa Bartolucci with the collaboration of Cronopios
Management in France: Ligne Directe/Judith Martin
Production: Motus, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Espace Malraux – Scène Nationale de Chambéry et de la Savoie – CARTA BIANCA, programme Alcotra coopération France Italie, Théâtre National de Bretagne/Rennes and the Festival delle Colline Torinesi

Support of: Rimini Provincial Administration, Emilia-Romagna Regional Administration and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activity