''Asphyxia'' (suffocation) is inspired by Sofia Coppola's film version of ''The Virgin Suicides''; an ode to adolescence.
Researching previous generations’ experiences and memories of Greece we turn back the clock.
The time: 1974. The fall of the Junta. A time of sociopolitical turmoil and state reformation.
The place: A provincial town in Greece, where four teenage girls, stifled by a backward patriarchal society, are suffocating. The play seesaws between comedy and drama, laughter and raw image in order to touch upon timeless social issues that affect the family home. As seen through the eyes of the tender, innocent yet rebellious teenager, we will examine:
role of the family; religion; self-righteousness masking as decency;
boundaries; love; freedom of choice; strong sibling bonds;
frustrations due to bottled-up feelings; the limits of freedom; and
the gravity of the word of the parent, especially when it comes to
the choice of husband or bride.
Why your donation is necessary
The recession in Greece over the last 10 years has affected artists in many ways.
Greek theater makers have to overcome many obstacles such as low fees; limited or absent government funding; sparse private funding; high taxes and insurance, and many others.
Despite our training, degrees, education and love for theater, in order to make ends meet, most artists tend to spend most of their time away from their career goals, working menial jobs such as waiting. An unpaid acting gig is not the worst case scenario.
However, possibly because of these artistic struggles, creativity is flourishing in Greece and artists have a lot to say.
To keep our creativity flowing, and before we run out of steam, we need one more thing from you...
Your financial support.
It is the deciding factor that will bring us closer to an audience so we can share and spread our work, our feelings and sensitivity. And ultimately go one step further.
Please help us make it happen.
Where will the money go?
The money raised will go directly towards the creation, rehearsal and production of 12 performances of “Asphyxia”. Here is a quick breakdown of our costs:
-Photographer & Cinematographer
-Costume & Props
-Sound & Light design
-Posters & Banners
-Copyright for our play (legal administrative costs)
In order to meet the demands of our premiere in November 2020, we are hoping to raise the whole amount by the summer of 2020, when our rehearsal period begins.
If you can't financially contribute, we would appreciate you spreading the word!
you for reading about our campaign.
Who we are!
Dell'Arte Theater, was created in 2016, by two upcoming actresses Irene Kydonakis and Dimitra Bournele.
journey started in 2017, when we presented our first theatrical play,
''Russian Roulette'', a gritty story about bullying and racism in
schools. In 2018, with our own particular perspective, we presented
the famous play ''Les Bonnes'' (“The Maids”) by Jean Genet, the
true story of two maid sisters committing murder-suicide. Both plays
took part in many festivals in Athens earning plenty of positive
Our greatest ambition is to propagate our work to a large audience, collaborate with other actors and artists and fill the stage with our creativity. By using our voices, bodies and souls, our imagination, our talent in writing and acting, our reading, our concerns for society, and our sincerity and respect of the audience, we are hoping to raise awareness and make our world better!