Merry Crisis & A Happy New Fear (2012)

A verbatim Christmas story about the collapse of Greek democracy.

Following the first project, Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear was a verbatim Christmas story about the collapse of Greek democracy. On 6 December 2008, policeman Epaminondas Korkoneas killed Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old student, in the Exarcheia district of central Athens. The unjust murder of the young schoolboy by police resulted in large protests and demonstrations, which escalated to widespread rioting, with hundreds of rioters damaging property and engaging riot police with Molotov cocktails, stones and other objects. A new wish jumped up from the embers of those nights, ‘Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear’, opening a Pandora’s box of the Greek economy and the unstable political situation of the country. Pre-collected answers to an online questionnaire were used as a performance text, which focused on the memory of the participants in relation to the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

12:12:12 UpStage Festival, Waterwheel Tap, 12  Dec 2012, 16.30 (video / text log)
– 12:12:12 UpStage Festival, Waterwheel Tap, 12 Dec 2012, 23.30 (video / text log)

Performers:
Ann Cross
Tom Mangan

Director:
Christina Papagiannouli

Venues:
MAD emergent arts centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands); APO33 (Nantes, France); Galerija Elektrika (Pancevo, Serbia); The Bikeshed Theatre (Exeter, UK); Werkstatt am Hauptplatz, in partnership with Kunstraum Goethestrasse (Linz, Austria); Amherst College (Amherst, Massachussetts); Buenos Aires (Argentina).

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