A performance full of poetry and music, based on the work Τsigan, The Gypsy Poem, by American poet of Rom descent Cecilia Woloch (Two Sylvias Press, L.A., USA). In an imaginary dialogue with her grandmother, a Gypsy from the Carpathian Mountains, she seeks her identity and origin, and explores Rom history in Europe, America and the rest of the world, through the troubled first half of the 20th century culminating in the Second World War, and reaching as far as the present time.
A production of the Paris-based Compagnie Erinna, to a concept and under the direction of Anastasia Politi (winner of the Βοurse de création d’avant-garde Sarane Alexandrian, La Société des Gens de Lettres). A prelude is included, in memory of young Greek-American poet and actor born in Paris Konstantinos Graham-Politis (1997-2017), who had participated in the first presentation of the work in France.
Every now and then / De temps en temps / Πότε πότε by Konstantinos Graham is a three-language poem that received an award at the Μatiah Eckhard international poetry contest for young people aged 18-25, and was published in the Florilège international des écrivains en herbes francophones (9ème volume, Académie de Montpellier — Région d’Occitanie, France 2018). The performance includes extracts from Matiah Eckhard’s poetry collection Lointains chants sacrés d’où je suis né (Εuromédia, France).
Translator–Director–Interpreter Anastasia Politi
Christos Adamopoulos guitar
With the participation of Vangelis Kotsou’s Epirus Polyphonic Ensemble:
Nikos Menoudakis, Anthoula Kotsou, Vangelis Kotsou, Roula Rifouna, Alexandros Tsimekas
Artistic collaborators Jennifer Bocquentin, Maura Sarantopoulou
Set designer Αngela Biancofiore
Costume designer Olga Karpinsky
Recorded music Philippe Blanchard, with the recorded voices of
Serge Blanchard, Konstantinos Graham, Cecilia Woloch, and Nautilus-Faverges
The performance is in Greek, English, French and Romani.
With Greek subtitles