EllinikoThεαtro (Greek Theatre of New York) brings celebrated authors Lynne Tillman and Ranbir Sidhu to Athens.
In celebration of Athens’ designation as World Book Capital for 2018, EllinikoThεαtro welcomes renowned New York-based novelist and essayist Lynne Tillman back to Greece, where she once lived during the years of the military junta.
“Lynne Tillman’s writing is bracing, absurd, argumentative, and luminous. She never fails to exhibit her unique capacities for watchfulness and astonishment.” │Jonathan Lethem
“With callouts to a mind-revving roster of photographers, writers, filmmakers, intellectuals, and media magnets, erudite, discerning, and everdaring Tillman has forged a mischievous conflation of criticism and fiction. Incantatory, maddening, brilliant, zestful, compassionate, and timely, Tillman’s portrait of a floundering academic trying to make sense of a digitized world of churning, contradictory messages reveals the perpetual interplay between past and present, the personal and the cultural, image and life.” │Booklist (starred review)
“A profoundly wise and remarkably supple novel from an outstanding writer.” │Chicago Review of Books, “Most Anticipated Fiction of 2018”
Her new novel, Men and Apparitions, showcases her not only as a brilliantly original novelist but also as one of our most prominent contemporary thinkers on art, culture, and society.
Lynne Tillman will join award-winning author and filmmaker Ranbir Sidhu on Tuesday, June 26th in a lively conversation about writing, art, the modern world, and her years living in Greece in the early 1970s, where she set her novel, Cast In Doubt.
On June 26, Ranbir Sidhu also premieres two Greece-based documentaries about art, death and madness. Completed in the last year, the films trace the lives of two artists—a painter and a dancer—living and working in Chania, Crete.
INTO THE SUN tells the story of one man’s obsession with bringing the world financial system to its knees through the creation of a single, shocking artwork. Inspired by the devastation of the Greek crisis, a British painter living in Crete decides to create what he believes will be the most shocking painting ever made—so shocking it will help turn worldwide public opinion against the international banking system. But instead of bringing an end to capitalism, the painting flies off a high-rise roof and crashes into a black Mercedes, destroying the car, while the artist himself is seriously injured. The 40-minute documentary follows the artist as he recovers and tries to salvage what’s left of what he believed was going to be his masterpiece.
DANCING WITHOUT FEET follows Chania-based performer and teacher Maria Malaxianaki, one of the pioneers in Greece of the boundary-breaking Japanese dance form Butoh, as she discusses art and death and her inspirations and what pushes her to pull out her innermost demons for audiences on stage. Malaxianaki, who studied with world-renowned Japanese Butoh masters in Greece and France, traces a love of Japanese culture to its cinema and fiction, and particularly to the works of Akira Kurosawa and Haruki Murakami. A highlight of the 40-minute documentary is the visually striking footage of Malaxianaki’s performances and workshops with her students.
Date: June 26th
Time: Films start at 8pm / Reading starts at 9:30pm
Language: In English with Greek surtitles
Location: Theatre 104 Evmolpidon 41, Gazi, Athens
(5’ by foot from Kerameikos metro)
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