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El Conde de Torrefiel (ES)
Dec. 9 & 10, 21:00

Arrêt sur image
Panagiota Kallimani (GR)
Dec. 10 & 11, 18:00, 18:30 & 19:00
14th Elementary School of Athens «Dimitris Pikionis»

Moving parts
Iris Karayan (GR)
Dec. 11, 19:30 & 21:00, and Dec. 12 & 13, 21:30
Studio Griffon

Cosmesi (IT)
Dec. 13, 20:30

Look and the Beast
Agni Papadeli Rossetou (GR)
Dec. 14, 15 & 16, 19:30 & 21:00
Spiteris/Provelengios house, 8 Kykladon st. (junction with Kefallinias)

The art of a culture of hope
J & J: Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter (aka The vacuum cleaner) (CH/UK)

a. A Space for hope (discussions, workshops, community project – the archive of hope and fear)
Dec. 11-15, 10:00-21:00
-ismos Art Space + public spaces in Athens

b. Tender provocations of hope and fear
performances by: Jeremy Wade (UK), Alina Dheere Babaletsos (GR/UK),  Nikos & Luca (GR/CH), Tzeni Argyriou (GR), Artemis Lampiri (GR), Elpida Orfanidou (GR), Kostas Tsioukas (GR), & installation: Vassilis Gerodimos (GR)
Dec. 16, 20:00
-ismos Art Space


Someone Who Isn’t Me
Someone Who Isn’t Me (GR) featuring Σtella (GR) and Coti (GR)
+ DJ set by Agent Mo

Dec. 8, 21:30

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El Conde de Torrefiel (ES)

//// Dec. 9 & 10, 21:00 /// Trianon

From Barcelona, where they are based, this group with the strange name El Conde de Torrefiel are wandering around Europe having said the last words on how we make theatre.

GUERRILLA: A performance about a Europe that changes while we look elsewhere, a black comedy about the war that happens invisibly in us and around us, while everything seems peaceful. A revealing and overwhelming work of art. People on stage live in a Europe afflicted by a new war, a few years after our age.
A conference, a Tai Chi class, and a session of electronic music: these are the three scenes that compose the piece. Like waves on the ocean, people on stage are part of the same group, but their spontaneous thoughts, their ideas, their past and their aspirations delineate a landscape that is multi-circumstantial, contradictory and expansive in contrast to the simple, unchanging image of leisure and relaxation seen on stage. The projected text above their heads traces this tangled and complex chart of a landscape that appears serene; there is no conflict evident on stage as the battle is taking place inside their heads. And within the depths of these interior confines, where freedom has been enclosed at last, there is a war of ideas that awakens each day and goes to sleep each night and is never resolved.

GUERRILLA observes the tensions experienced in Europe: incendiary thoughts from inside a comfort zone. If everything is progressing in an apparent state of peace in which we feel safe, why is it that inside our heads we involuntarily declare war?
With a new theatrical language of their own, El Conde de Torrefiel make a performance in which the protagonist is literally the text. A text which kills banalities with its dark humour, that makes the underlying violence surface, slips away from any biases, and reveals our inability to comprehend the historical moment we live in and to react to what hovers ominously...

The piece is re-written in each city, combining fictional and documentary texts based on a series of interviews previously conducted with a small group of people who inhabit the same moment and the same location – in this case the city of Athens. This is a work of documentary drama based on a collaboration between the company and the participants in the piece.

El Conde de Torrefiel is a Barcelona-based project headed by Tanya Beyeler (b. 1980, Switzerland) and Pablo Gisbert (b. 1982, Spain). As theatre authors, musicians, performers, and video-makers, their creations seek a visual and textual aesthetic wherein theatre, choreography, literature, and the visual arts coexist. Their work addresses the notion of imminent temporality, with as a starting point the synchronic analysis of the present, an interrogation of the possibilities of our time. In fact, the duo’s most recent works focus exclusively on the 21st century and on the existing relationship between the personal and the political; more precisely, between the new forms of totalitarianism and intellectual alienation, between the sense of responsibility and personal freedom. El Conde de Torrefiel came into existence in 2010. Their most recent works have brought the company international recognition, with presentations in important venues and festivals such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, steirischer herbst in Graz, Festival Temporada Alta in Girona, Festival d’Automne de Paris, Short Theater in Rome.

Conceived & devised by El Conde de Torrefiel
Direction & dramaturgy: Tanya Beyeler & Pablo Gisbert
Assistant: Nicolas Chevallier
Text: Pablo Gisbert, in collaboration with the performers
Lighting design: Ana Rovira
Lighting adjustment: Panayotis Lambis
Set design: Blanca Añón
Sound design: Adolfo García Fernández
Choreography assistant: Amaranta Velarde
Music: Pink Elephant on Parade, Salacot
Dramaturgy advice: Roberto Fratini
Translation into Greek: Christiana Galanopoulou
The Athenian version of Guerrilla was performed by 60 volunteers.

Despoina Agianozoglou, Irini Amanatidou, Sophia Dassyra, Sophia Efraimidou, Athina Frangou, Violetta Galanopoulou, Kostas Kappas, Efi Karaoula, Renia Koltouki, Maria Kotsini, Stella Lani, Tania Makropoulou, Angeliki Mitsa, Christina Missirioti, Angeliki Mpouga, Marina Pandelaki, Angeliki Papadopoulou, Yota Papadopoulou, Rania Papakosta, Karina Sabanova, Angeliki Stamataki, Cristina Söderström, Chryssa Sotiropoulou, Ilias Vogiatzidakis, Irini Zeri Tai chi class:
Fivos Avouris, Evgenia Alexopoulou, Magda Kafkoula, Sophia Papachristou, Patricia Rari, Alexandra Tatsi, Eleni Theodoropoulou
Rave party:
All the above + Yiannis Avramopoulos, Konstantina Chalkia, Artemis Danousi, Panagiotis Dimas, Matina Dimitropoulou, Konstantinos Economatos, Adrianos Galazios, Athanassia Giannoula, Thanos Kapetanios, Alexandra Kapetaniou, Rea Katsanevaki, Nicole Kafetzopoulou, Samuel Mecuno Lago, Kostis Makrimallis, Tzanos Mazis, Natalia Metaxa, Angelos Mitro, Maria Michou, Stavroula Papadopoulou, Ioanna Palioura, Maria Palioura, Stella Sardani, Georges Siderakis, Panagiota Tselenti, Mixalis Vakiris, Zoe Xyseni
Took also part through stories they shared with the creators: Kyriaki Golfinopoulou, Nafsika Korialou, Michaela Marazoti, Charikleia Petraki, Angeliki Poulou

Production: El Conde de Torrefiel /// Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen) and NXTSTP with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union /// Supported by: Graner, Centre de creació (Barcelona), ICEC – Generalitat de Catalunya, INAEM, Ministerio de Cultura de España



© El Conde de Torrefiel

Panagiota Kallimani (GR)
Arrêt sur image

//// Dec. 10 & 11, 18:00, 18:30 & 19:00 /// 14th Elementary School of Athens «Dimitris Pikionis»

The performance Arrêt sur image by Panagiota Kallimani is a captivating choreography interpreted by children 8-14 years old. The story of the show and of the children takes place in a suspended time in one of the finest schools of Athens, in a building designed by Dimitris Pikionis. The usually energetic children’s move is transformed into a very slow dance, almost immobile. The movements of the bodies seem compressed, detuned, fragmented, like "frozen images" in a video. The performance delves into the "heartbeat" of a fragile society, making us wonder if we can listen to it and let children lead us to new galaxies.
The performance was designed for MIRfestival and it was conceived as a site specific work to be performed in one of the finest school buildings of Athens, designed by iconic modernist architect, Dimitris Pikionis. Most of the children participating attend the pre-professional-level program of the State School of Dance.

Panagiota Kallimani is a Greek dancer and choreographer who lives in Paris. She studied dance in Paris, Cannes and Angers and has worked with many famous choreographers like Bouvier-Obadia, Josef Nadj, Nasser Martin-Gousset, Carlotta Ikeda et al. During the past few years she works mainly as a choreographer. Choreographies by her have been presented in theatres and festivals around Europe and in Athens as part of the Athens Festival and the Onassis Cultural Centre.

Concept & direction: Panagiota Kallimani
Choreography: Panagiota Kallimani and the young dancers
Assistant: Rafael Pardillo Ibanez
Sound: Panagiota Kallimani, Yorgos Loukrezis and the young dancers
Lighting design: Panagiota Kallimani & Yorgos Loukrezis
Performers: Yakinthi Alexandridou-Zilakou, Petros Antonopoulos, Myrto Giannakou, Arasseli Gomez, Eleanna Griva, Chryssoula-Nefeli Kanaki, Athina Katsimbra, Dimitra Kyliti, Magda Lytra, Maria Messini, Evangelos Nikas, Fivos Pikilidis, Electra Souliou, Danai Spathi, Stella Stamouli, Adela Stefani Tsitou, Elisa Timotheatou.

Production: Panagiota Kallimani /// Co-production: Open Latitudes (3) (Latitudes Contemporaines (FR) Vooruit (BE) – L’Arsenic (CH) – Body/Mind (PL) – Teatro delle Moire (IT) – Sin Arts Culture (HU) – Le Phénix (FR) – MIR Festival (GR) – Materiais Diversos (PT) ) with support from the European Union /// Kind support by: State School of Dance, 14th Elementary School of Athens «Dimitris Pikionis» /// Τhanks to: Art Act Area, Athens Municipality.


© Yiorgos Loukrezis

Iris Karayan (GR)
Moving parts

/// Dec. 11, 19:30 & 21:00, and Dec. 12 & 13, 21:30 /// Studio Griffon ///

Moving parts is a movement solo that takes place within a sound installation. The two elements relate to each other while operating independently, complementary and in counterpoint. An instructions manual for an unspecified appliance is the starting point for the performance.

Iris Karayian is a dancer and choreographer who lives in Athens. She studied dance at the State School of Dance, and followed postgraduate studies in Performing Arts and Culture at Goldsmith's College in London. Her works have been presented in Greece and abroad in various theatres and festivals. In 2010 she won the first Jarmila Jebrakowa Choreography Award at New Europe Festival. Her work Mothers was chosen by the European network Aerowaves 2013 and Dancenet Sweden network in 2014.

Concept, choreography: Iris Karayan
Sound, text: Ilan Manouach
Lighting design: Dimitris Kouvalis, Elissavet Moraki
Performance: Antigone Avdi, Ian Watts
Make up: Sissi Petropoulou

Production: Zita Dance Company /// Co-production: MIRfestival, Griffon Dance co.

DCosmesi (IT)

//// Dec. 13, 20:30 /// Trianon

Italian Cosmesi balance between the stage and the image. In PERIODONERO a white screen becomes the background on which black and white images are projected in an endless transformation while a performer-shadow enters and exits the two-dimensional world. Sometimes behind the screen as a shadow amongst shadows, or in front of it trying to transfer in the 3D space the remains of the 2D images she inhabits, the performer is like a comics heroine, making an effort to put an order in her black and white world – not very successfully indeed… Randomly toggling between stage performance, animation, shadow theatre and video game, PERIODONERO works in the way of animated movies – every little sequence is convicted to fail, but this accumulation of failures ends up in being funny. PERIODONERO: a black comedy for a “black period”, cynical, ruthless and ironic; a period of emersion of black shadows from the past, like a stain of ink ready to devour the white paper. A period reminding ours.

Cosmesi (Udine & Bologna) is a research group formed in 2001 by Eva Geatti and Nicola Toffolini with the desire to conduct an investigation of the scene as a device, the theater as a place of involvement and chaos as a space of imagination for experiments. The basic idea of ​​the company starts from the construction of autonomous architecture (abstract or not) able to contain a body. In 2005 they win the Iceberg prize in Bologna with their piece Avvisaglie di un cedimento strutturale. They have been supported with a three-year residence at the CSS – Teatro stabile di innovazione of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
As they design new productions, they collaborate with new members from different disciplines, like musicians, computer programmers, animators. Until now they have presented seven pieces. They have been awarded prizes thanks to their experimental work and they have been supported by important theaters, festivals and research institutions.

Project, set design and dramaturgy: Eva Geatti & Nicola Toffolini
in collaboration with:
Video animation: Emanuele Kabu & Olivia Toffolini
Interactive programming, AV processing: Frank Halbig & Olivia Toffolini
Video graphics: danXzen
Sound fragments: Frank Halbig, carlomargot & Rotorvator
Technicians: Marcello Batelli, Michele Bazzana & Giovanni Marocco

Production: Cosmesi /// Co-production: CSS Teatro stabile di innovazione del Friuli Venezia Giulia & Centrale FIES /// with the technical support of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe


© Cosmesi

Agni Papadeli Rossetou (GR)
Look and the Beast

//// Dec. 14, 15 & 16, 19:30 & 21:00 /// Spiteris/Provelengios house, 8 Kykladon st. (junction with Kefallinias)

Look and the Beast is a journey into the unknown, upsetting and enchanting world of the unconscious. The three masked performers act like figures in the dreams: without individuality, in a world where the body, unique expressive medium, constantly changes identity through movement. In the background of the uncanny feeling of the performance hide: the smudge on the faces, the distortion to which we are confronted in dreams, the weird, sometimes sinister soundscape and an absurd relationship between the body and the space. And the monster? Well, the "monster" of the title is harmless, but hardly tamed.

The performance is hosted in Spiteris/Provelengios house, a house of the ’50s designed by Aristomenis Provelengios as a workshop for the sculptor Ioanna Spiteris-Veropoulou. The house, a jewel of the Athenian modernist architecture, a work of art built to contain artwork, with elements that, despite their clarity, constantly let a suspicion hovering, becomes the magical space of the show designed especially for it.

Agni Papadeli Rossetou was born in Athens in 1982. She started dancing and practicing the Orff system in Polyxeni Matey’s school. She graduated from the State School of Dance in Athens and from the department of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens.

As a dancer and choreographer she has collaborated with various artists including Dimitris Papaioannou, Yiannis Skourletis, Kendell Geers, Ermira Goro, Jeroen Bogaert, Matthias Fritsch, Constantina Polychronopoulou, Chrysanthi Siempou, Stefania Mylona. In 2009 she founded Carnation dance company with Iro Apostolelli. Together they created three dance pieces. In July 2015 she created and performed the solo Blossom in the Athens festival, in collaboration with the visual artist Andreas Ragnar Kassapis and the architect Iro Vagioti.

Choreography: Agni Papadeli Rossetou
Performers: Katerina Liontou, Yiannis Nikolaidis, Agni Papadeli Rossetou
Soundscape: Andreas Ragnar Kassapis
Costumes design: Iro Vagioti
Costumes creation: Memi Vagioti, Maria Papadeli
Lighting design: Alekos Yiannaros

Production: Agni Papadeli Rossetou /// With kind support by: MIRfestival (Athens), Isadora and Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center (Athens), Garage Performing Arts Center (Corfu).
/// Special thanks to: Penelope Iliaskou, Eleftheria Lagoudaki, Mary Randou.

/// We are infinitely grateful to Mr Dionyssis Sotovikis, the owner of the Spiteris/Provelengios house who kindly offered it to MIRfestival.


© Agni Papadeli Rossetou

J & J: Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter (aka The vacuum cleaner) (CH/UK)
The art of a culture of hope

a. A Space for hope (discussions, workshops - community project)

/// Dec. 11-15, 10:00-21:00 /// -ismos Art Space + public spaces in Athens ///

b. Tender provocations of hope and fear

/// Dec. 16, 20:00 /// -ismos Art Space (performances) ///

The future doesn’t look hopeful. Climate change, mass migration, financial instability, peak oil, wars in the Arab world and beyond, destabilization within Europe, attacks on the value and importance of civil and human rights. It is difficult to look into the future in the light of this description and not feel fear. And how could one, since fear is the main weapon of international politics. J & J, Jessica Huber and James Leadbitter (aka The vacuum cleaner) raise of course the question whether there is a different narrative besides this one. And they continue with a few more: How can we deal with fear? Can we understand its causes and the effect it has on us? Can we create the necessary space for hope and creativity to live and flourish? So, they decided to make a project which would "educate" people in considering access to hope an indisputable human right. And they called it The Art of a culture of hope. The project, traveling from city to city, includes two complementary activities. The first, A Space for Hope, is the creation of the archives of fear and of hope, a community project with discussions and workshops with citizens in each city where the project travels. Through the discussion, and with art at the background, in every city emerges a sense of how people feel fear and of hope, the need for hope surfaces and the ways they use to deal with the attack of the fear they go through daily. Since in Switzerland applies a system of government very close to direct democracy, if 100,000 people sign a new article, it can be added to the country's constitution. J & J envisioned to add an article which would protect people from the use of fear and reinforce their right to hope. Thus, through discussions and workshops with citizens they try to formulate the wording of such a text. They believe that if they manage to gather the consensus of 100,000 people in Switzerland, and the article is finally added to a European Constitution, the citizens of all European countries will be able to claim a similar article in the Constitution of their country. These workshops have the feel of an informal yet supportive event, allowing for meaningful, open discussions on hope and fear. Through this process we are gathering ideas on what a ‘culture of hope’ could be and how that could shape a new paragraph in the Swiss constitution, or not. What accumulates from these workshops, conversations, provocations and the wider project will form an Archive of Hope, a living space to exchanging and ignite action.

The second activity, Tender provocations of hope and fear, is an evening of informal sharing and exchange that is part performance, part lecture provocations, part poetic-activist assembly and part concert. This event brings together artists who make work about, have experienced or research aspects of hope and fear today. Presented in a non-traditional environment the evening creates a unique atmosphere that supports a caring, critical and activating approach. In MIR the performances will be made by an international group of artists including guests and artists who live and work In Athens. The performances will be presented on the last day of the festival closing the circle of this year's edition on December 16, at -ismos Αrt Space in Kerameikos, where workshops will take place previously, from December 11 to 15. The space will be open and accessible all day long, and participants will form together and with the help of visual artist Vassilis Gerodimos an installation transforming our hopes and fears in a collective mosaic floor. On December 16, we are going to see performances by The vaccum cleaner, Jeremy Wade, Alina Dheere Babaletsos, Tzeni Argyriou, Artemis Lampiri, Elpida Orfanidou, Kostas Tsioukas and Nikos & Luca. Then we’ll drink together a wine to celebrate the end of the festival and the beginning of claiming our right to live in hope.

Idea and Concept: Jessica Huber & James Leadbitter (aka The vacuum cleaner) Space & artistic collaboration: Ramin Mosayebi & Gabi Rutz Performances by: Jeremy Wade, Alina Dheere Babaletsos, Nikos & Luca, Tzeni Argyriou, Artemis Lampiri, Elpida Orfanidou, Kostas Tsioukas.

Installation artist: Vassilis Gerodimos Administration: Yvonne Dünki

Production: J & J /// Co-production: Gessnerallee Zürich, Südpol Luzern, Roxy Basel /// With kind support by: Kultur Stadt Zürich, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Pro Helvetia, Migros Kulturprozent.



© Jessica Huber

Someone Who Isn’t Me (GR)

//// Dec. 8, 21:30 /// Trianon

They have a crush on analog and toy-synths, chaotic guitars, fake violins, ethereal vocals. They will present their music. They will remix a theme from the soundtrack of The Devil in Miss Jones by their favorite composer Alden Schuman. They will present for the first time their new piece Spelvin, dedicated to Georgina Spelvin, the protagonist of the film. Σtella and Coti will sing with them.

Maria Hatzakou (producer in Haos Film, drums) and Marilena Orfanou (Berlin Brides, synths) met each other in Athens seven years ago. They always wanted to write music. After six years of different itineraries in film and music, they met again and decided to form a band. On the occasion of the composition of a soundtrack, they asked Gina Dimakopoulou in (Katrin The Thrill), to play guitars with them. In this process, they finally composed many songs and decided to make the band Someone Who Isn’t Me. Their first performance took part in the framework of the 16th Festival du film Francophone, where they played live their own original music for the silent Greek film Astero by D. Gaziadis (1929).

Their first single, Search (Never Find it), was composed for the end credits of the film Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari. It was released by Feelgood Records. They are about to release with Inner Ear their first 7inch in collaboration with Σtella and Coti. Their first album will be released in 2017.

Music and songs of the project Someone Who Isn’t Me will be performed by: Maria Hatzakou, Marilena Orfanou, Gina Dimakopoulou
Special guests: Σtella and Coti
Guitar and synths: Zissis Andriopoulos
Synths & Loops: Anouk Arra
+ DJ set by Agent Mo



© Evgenia Bourzoukou