2021 / VILLA BY GUILLERMO CALDERON / MIKRO THEATRO OF KERAMIKOS
Written by Villa by Guillermo Calderon
Translated by Eleni Drivas
Directed by Lyto Triantafyllidou
Scenic and Costume Design by Yorgos Litzeri
Music Composition and Sound Design by Alexandra Katerinopoulou
Movement by Aggeliki Troubouki
Lighting Design by Melina Mascha
Photography / Artwork by Christos Symeonides
Assistant Set and Costume Design by Anthi Paraskeua Veloudogianni
Featuring: Lila Baklesi, Natasa Exintaveloni and Angeliki Paspaliari
How do we remember History?
How do we deal with trauma?
How about when History itself is a trauma?
Three women named "Alejandra" meet to decide the future of Villa Grimaldi, DINA’s interrogation and torture site during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. With dramatic irony and dark humor, the playwright Guillermo Calderón composes three contemporary characters in quest of retrieving their personal traumatic story while negotiating the way we should remember their country’s history. Should the Villa become a monument for the atrocities that took place there? Should it be left as ruins to be forgotten? Should it become an art space? Each choice expresses a different relationship with history, but also a different need for its victims.
The director Lyto Triantafyllidou in collaboration with the actors, Natasa Exintaveloni, Lila Baklesi, and Angeliki Paspaliari, explores the echo of traumatic events in our everyday life, as well as the case of systemic sexual violence against female political prisoners. The legacy of this dictatorship that weighs on the characters of the play, is not unknown to the Greek artists who created this performance, as Chile and Greece share similar military dictatorships in both countries' recent history.
Maybe we are all children of a dictatorship, and (in)direct descendants of trauma.
Maybe the Villa should finally become a theater, to accommodate joys and sorrows that go beyond the imagination of its creators.