A unique devised performance by the international Ensemble SRSLYyours
Only for three Performances
13-14-15 of March in Athens at BIOS
Tea Ceremony, the award-wining* devised performance directed by Achim Wieland and performed by actor Marios Ioannou, will be staged at BIOS for three performances only, on 13th-14th, and 15th of March (21:00), as part of the Ensembles’ European Tour.
«Tea Ceremony is a sorrowful song, a mute scream,
a small microscopic cry in the midst of an excruciating noise. ...”.
Juror (Milan Theatre Festival / MilanOff) and Theatre Critic
(Il Recensito) Tommaso Chimenti
Developed around the ancient tradition of a «Tea Ceremony», the central figure (Marios Ioannou) invites the theatre audience to an evening of «comfort and delight», during which the “Tea Host” begins to question her role as “servant” and “entertainer” operating in a system based on capital, consummation and ownership. As an icon of beauty, well-trained to seduce her customers through movement, song and dance, Geisha leads the audience on a journey of modern day abuse, child labour, human trafficking, torture and slavery, and the high price we pay for our joy and greed.
“Actor Marios Ioannou is in full control of the peak of the illusion
all the way to its disintegration and collapse. In the «Tea Ceremony», Ioannou applies the kind of physical theatre that accurately
expresses its content...”.
Review / National Newspaper “Phileleftheros” Nona Moleski, June 2018
The devised performance questions our motivations and choices within a capitalistic system – deeply rooted in historic colonial infrastructures and thinking patterns – in which “advanced” societies conduct their lifestyle and fulfill their needs at the expense of an ever increasing exploitation of the world’s resources and suffering of others.
“Tea Ceremony” is the result of the collaboration of the international group SRSLYyours with artists from Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and Japan. It premiered at the Rialto Theater in Limassol, was hosted at the New Stage of THOC and was honored with the “Best Performance Award” at the Milan Theatre Festival (Milan Off). The show continues its 2020 Tour to Turin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Stockholm and Berlin.
«The director deconstructs the foresaid cliché with astonishing creativity for a precise purpose. Treating the form with respect and attention to detail, at the same time undermining it to the extent that it can be overturned… …A catastrophic invasion of the world’s imbalance into the pseudo-oasis of the Tea Ceremony’s harmony.»
Performance will be in English
Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th of March
Students, unemployed, over 65 years old, ΑΜΕΑ 10€
Tickets available on:
11876, Reload Stores, WIND, Βιβλιοπωλεία Ευριπίδης, Τεχνόπολη Δήμου Αθηναίων, Αθηνόραμα, Viva Kiosk, Yoleni’s
Director / Dramaturgy: Achim Wieland
Performer: Marios Ioannou
Script: Achim Wieland, Marios Ioannou, the Ensemble
Artistic Advisor: Akiko Hamazaki (Tokyo, Japan)
Choreographer / Movement Coach: Alexis Vassiliou
Costume Design / Set: Ioanna Tsami (Athens, Greece)
Light Design: Vasilis Petinaris
Traditional Japanese Dance Advisor: Zuiou Shinozuka (Kyoto, Japan)
Hair/Wig: Marios Neofytou