Παγκόσμια Ηχώ | Echos-Monde | The World is Echo

by Tom Western

This piece is a remapping of Athens. It finds its cartography through an imagined conversation between two poets – Édouard Glissant and Nicolas Calas – who both think in circles and circulations, and make a musical language that sounds out the rhythms and relations of struggle. From this imaginary, an Athens emerges that sings long histories of movement, encounter, exchange.

It consists of three videos. Part One, ‘Η Πάλη Η Πόλη’ (‘The Struggle The City’), finds Athens as an echo: a place that is everywhere and contains everywhere within itself. Part Two is a collective reading of Calas’s poem ‘Στρογγυλή Συμφωνία’ (‘Circular Symphony’). Part Three, ‘Σαν Τόσους Πολλούς Χορούς’ (‘Like So Many Dances’), makes an open circle and an open city, and new forms of citizenship built on shared resistance and commonality.

Αυτή η δουλειά είναι μια σειρά από βίντεο που επαναχαρτογραφούν την Αθήνα μέσω ρυθμών, σχέσεων, κύκλων, κυκλοφοριών και αντηχήσεων. Βρίσκει τη χαρτογραφία του μέσα από μια φανταστική συνομιλία ανάμεσα σε δύο ποιητές –τον Édouard Glissant και τον Νικόλα Κάλα– για να δημιουργήσει μια Αθήνα που τραγουδά μακρόσυρτες ιστορίες κίνησης, συνάντησης και ανταλλαγής.

Part 1 η πάλη η πόλη – the struggle the city from Theatrum Mundi on Vimeo.

Part 2 στρογγυλή συμφωνία from Theatrum Mundi on Vimeo.

Part 3 σαν τοσους πολλους χορους – like so many dances from Theatrum Mundi on Vimeo.

The City Talks Back

The City Talks Back is a collaborative project initiated by Theatrum Mundi in partnership with Athens-based cultural foundation Onassis Stegi, co-curated and edited by George Kafka. Participants include Mercedes Azpilicueta, John Bingham-Hall, Ella Finer, Stefania Gyftopolou, Fani Kostourou, Mara Petra, Yorgos Samantas, Urok Shirhan, the Syrian and Greek Youth Forum, Tim Ward, and Tom Western. See all the contributions at backtalks.city

Credits

Hnd Alzayat: performance in part 2
Eirini Amanatidou: performance and co-production in part 2
Gomidas Madfouni: translation into Arabic of part 2
Eleni Methymaki: translation into Greek of parts 1 and 3
Ehab Onan: filming and direction of part 2, footage for parts 1 and 3
Grace Chilema Nwoke: performance in part 2
Safi Sahyouni: sound recording for part 2
Tom Western: texts for parts 1 and 3, translation into Greek of parts 1 and 3, readings and performance, sound recording and mixing, videos for parts 1 and 3, production.

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