Greece
OneDance
Co-Production
BigPulseDance
Euripides LaskaridisLapis Lazuli
Greece
Euripides LaskaridisLapis Lazuli
25.05.
Boris Hristov House of Culture
Start: 20:00
Duration: 80 min
Age: 12+

The performance includes light effects unsuitable for visitors with photophobia and photosensitivity

26.05.
Boris Hristov House of Culture
Start: 19:30
Duration: 80 min
Age: 12+
Credits

LAPIS LAZULI // 2024
a piece for five performers

conceived & directed by: Euripides Laskaridis

with: Angelos Alafogiannis, Maria Bregianni//Eftychia Stefanou*, Euripides Laskaridis, Dimitris Matsoukas, Spyros Ntogas

*double cast
original music & sound design: Giorgos Poulios
dramaturgy consultant: Alexandros Mistriotis
set design: Sotiris Melanos
lighting design: Stefanos Droussiotis
special acoustic & electronic sound inventions, sounding objects: Yorgos Stenos
artistic collaborators – costumes: Christos Delidimos & Alegia Papageorgiou
props & special constructions: Konstantinos Chaldaios
artistic collaborator: Vagelis Xenodochidis
movement consultant: Nikos Dragonas
assistants to the director: Charikleia Petraki & Yannis Savouidakis
artistic collaborator & rehearsal stand-in: Telis Tellakis
artistic collaborator Onassis AiR Fellowship 2022 research // 
-costume: Aggelos Mentis 
artistic collaborators Onassis AiR Fellowship 2022 research // 
-set: Loukas Βakas & Filanthi Bougatsou
technical director: Konstantinos Margkas
sound engineer: Martha Kapazoglou
lighting technician & special lighting constructions: Giorgos Ierapetritis
props & special constructions assistant: Timothy Laskaratos
production assistant:  Nikos Charalampidis
production runners: Theologos Kampouris &  Lida Manousou Alexiou
assistant director intern:  Katerina Tsolou
set design intern & logo design: Konstantinos Papantonis 
props interns: Aphrodite Psychouli, Ilektra Anichini Pantalaki & Efthymis Gronthos
costumes intern: Ernesta Chatzilemonidou
dramaturgy intern: immy Machai 

OSMOSIS operations coordinator: Euklida Velaj
executive production, tour & production management: POLYPLANITY Productions/  Yolanda Markopoulou & Vicky Strataki

Production

A project by Euripides Laskaridis and OSMOSIS

Produced by ONASSIS STEGI 
First performed at ONASSIS STEGI, Athens, April 2024
With the Support of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès 

 Co-Produced by : Théâtre de la Ville / Théâtre de Liège / Espoo Theatre Finland / Teatros del Canal / Teatro della Pergola Firenze Festival Aperto / Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia and Big Pulse Dance Alliance festivals:  Julidans (Netherlands), Torinodanza Festival/Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale (Italy) and One Dance Festival (Bulgaria) with co-funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.  

With the Support of Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall
With the Financial Support of the Greek Ministry of Culture

One Dance Festival is part of the Big Pulse Dance Alliance, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the EU. The project is supported by the National Culture Fund.

Accessibility

The theatre hall is accessible for visitors with limited mobility. For more information, please contact us via hello@onedance-festival.com

Hybrid Realities

Unpredictable, playful, free-spirited. A craftsman of times and atmospheres, of dream-like imagery. The wizard of the contemporary stage, touched by the artistic dialogue with Dimitris Papaioannou. Much is said about the Greek choreographer Euripides Laskaridis, one of the brightest names on the world performing arts map. His creative spread flies across genres and styles, interweaving dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts. He creates a seemingly chaotic yet thorough and exuberant in imagery cosmos. He saturates it with bizarre creatures and imposing set designs that subvert norms on stage and in life, amass extremes and live long in memories.

His latest work comes by the name of Lapis Lazuli. It corresponds with the famous Heaven stone in intense blue colours that connects the depths of the earth with human customs and mysticism. On the one hand, the stone symbolizes the link with nature and creation, and on the other, fantasies and myths, the unknown and the unexplainable. From it is derived the pigment ultramarine, encoded in rituals and practices from antiquity to the present day, from Japanese decorative applied arts and medieval frescoes to the paintings of Yves Klein and his radical blue.

Lapis Lazuli, by Pinelopi Gerasimou for Onassis Stegi

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Like the semi-precious stone, the newest piece by Euripides Laskaridis is ambivalent in nature. It reflects on existence as a constant search for balance between opposites - the earthly and the heavenly, the profane and the sublime, the animal and the spiritual side of a man. Lapis Lazuli embodies the silent war in human beings between the primal instincts and the higher capacities of intellect and spirit.

Having completed three stirring stage works - Relic (2015), Titans (2017), Elenit (2019) - on the transformative and ridiculous body that continue to tour the world, Euripides works on Lapis Lazuli as an alternative new piece that will again challenge established relationships between creator, performer, and spectator. He will present the piece at One Dance Festival a few weeks after the premiere in Onassis Stegi, Athens, in April.

Euripides Laskaridis

Euripides Laskaridis, portrait by Julian Mommert

Euripides Laskaridis is a director and performer known for exploring ridicule and transformation in his work. He studied acting in Athens and directing in New York. He has been performing since 1995, working with such directors as Dimitris Papaioannou and Robert Wilson. He founded the OSMOSIS performing arts company in 2009 and has directed award-winning stage works and short films. His works have toured internationally since 2015 in highly acclaimed festivals around the world.

He was awarded an inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowship and German tanz magazine included him in their 2017 Promising Talents list, while recently he joined the select team of Onassis Fellows. Euripides will continue working closely with his core creative team.

Detailed Biography

Euripides Laskaridis is a director and performer. Two dominant themes run through his artistic identity: ridicule and transformation. His work transcends the boundaries of theatre, dance, and visual arts.

He studied acting in Athens at the Karolos Koun Art Theatre and directing (MFA) at New York’s Brooklyn College on an Onassis Foundation Scholarship. Performing since 1995, he has collaborated with directors such as Dimitris Papaioannou and Robert Wilson. In 2000, he started directing his own work, which includes stage and site-specific performances, as well as video artworks and award-winning short films.

In 2009, Euripides founded the OSMOSIS performing arts company and commenced showcasing his work at Greek festivals and venues, including the Athens Festival, the Greek National Theatre, and the artist-occupied Embros Theatre. In 2013, OSMOSIS also started conducting workshops and community projects.

The company’s first traveling stage work, RELIC, was selected for Aerowaves 2015. It premiered in Barcelona that same year and was subsequently featured at 38 international festivals and venues worldwide, including Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Palais de Tokyo (via Théâtre de la Ville) in Paris, the Barbican Pit in London, the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, and the Public Theater in New York. RELIC received two UK Theatre & Technology Award nominations and won in the Creative Innovation in Lighting category.

Elenit (2019), photo by Julian Mommert

In 2017, TITANS, an international co-production (Canada, France, Greece, Holland & Portugal) premiered at the Athens Festival. It went on to tour extensively, with stops including Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses, the Grec Festival of Barcelona, Julidans Amsterdam, the Coronet in London, and the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) in Montreal. The work was selected by the Hermès Foundation for its New Settings #7 program.

Euripides’ third touring stage work, ELENIT, continued this trajectory as another international co-production

(Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal & Spain) once again supported by the Hermès Foundation (New Settings #10). Premiering in 2019 at Onassis Stegi, ELENIT embarked on a wide journey with performances at venues including Théâtre de Liège, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Festival TransAmériques (FTA) in Montreal and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, among others. ELENIT’s lighting design won the 2021 Lighting Awards gold prize in Athens, while also marking a deeper foray into visual storytelling for Euripides—an element that has always been indispensable in his artistic lexicon.

In 2022, TOURNÉ was created, specifically tailored for the unique open-air amphitheatre of Ancient Epidaurus, known as Little Epidaurus. Commissioned by the Athens-Epidaurus Festival 2021 & 2022 and co-produced with OSMOSIS, the work received support from the contemporary art foundation NEON and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Euripides embarked on his visual arts journey in 2014 with a commission from the Libby Sacer Foundation. His project, SELF-PORTRAITS [Series A], explored the complexities of identity through a collection of curated photographic portraits of himself. A few years later, in 2018, the Athens Biennale AB6 invited him to expand his creative arsenal with THIRÍO, an unconventional persona that extends well beyond traditional stage boundaries. 

Relic (2015), by Miltos Athanasiou

In the summer of 2021, his self-portrait series was exhibited at the Hydra School Projects alongside two of his video artworks, ARTIST PORTRAIT and RELIC VITRINE. In that same year, Euripides enriched his collection with SELF-PORTRAITS [Series B], and in June 2023, both series were featured at the 58th Maribor Theatre Festival, along with four of his video-art pieces.

His visual art, including his photographic portraits and video artworks, was also featured in the expansive, site-specific project [KÁMARES], which premiered at the ConTempo Festival in Kaunas ECoC in

August 2022, with an enhanced version shown at the Eleusis European Capital of Culture in January 2023. [KÁMARES] is a unique multidisciplinary project that creatively fuses recycled elements from past works, alongside previously unreleased visual artworks. This project serves as a seamless hybrid, skillfully merging the realms of visual arts and performance, incorporating key elements from Euripides' artistic practice.  The result is a wholly original, distinctive, and adaptable piece that dynamically responds to the requirements of the sites where it is presented.

Euripides was awarded an inaugural Pina Bausch Fellowship in 2016, spending three months alongside director/ choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, observing him at work in Paris, St. Pölten, Amsterdam, Auckland, Ruatoki, Santiago, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). In 2017, he was included in the German "tanz" magazine's Hoffnungsträger (Promising Talents) list and was briefly named an associate artist at O Espaço Do Tempo – Associação Cultural in Portugal. In 2022, Euripides received an Onassis AiR Fellowship, which provided essential support for his forthcoming project's research and granted him a much-anticipated opportunity to travel to Japan for inspiration.

During the pandemic, Euripides and the OSMOSIS team navigated challenges and continued presenting their three stage works, RELIC, TITANS, and ELENIT, internationally. Up to 2023, the three productions had been touring consecutively for eight, six, and four years, respectively.

Quotations

“Laskaridis is a craftsman of times and atmospheres, a creator of extraordinary characters, capable of connecting the domestic with echoes of the cosmic.”
— Clàudia Brufau, Núvol

“Every once in a while an art form is born, particularly of the “Greek” variety: singular and unclassifiable, it bursts with images and ideas. An art form daring enough to lay these open to the extreme, but by means of an utterly controlled and dazzling aesthetic. One that does not seek to signify or to explain and yet disarms you, wins you over…”
— Vena Georgakopoulou, I Efimerida ton Syntakton

Lapis Lazuli, by Pinelopi Gerasimou for Onassis Stegi

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