Take a wider view of navel gazing.
As the title of the performance Omfalos, which translates into navel in English, suggests, this is an event about navel-gazing, or more precisely, it invites the spectator to go beyond navel-gazing and adopt a wider view. Theatre group Ek Drasis presents an interactive performance based on the results of research on the moment of man's separation, as well as physical improvisations inspired by his unstoppable need for reunification.
The group explains that the improvised performance is about "taking the moment of the myth as the starting point and reaching to today's non-myth, we are based on collected personal moments, we activated body and images, combining in a final narrative line the repeating pattern of Birth-Love-Death."
In this context they quote from Plato's philosophical text The Symposium "...each and every one of us is in part human, as one separated in two, like the fish sole, and the missing part is the respective one everybody is always looking for."
The audience is required to participate by giving an anonymous statement of a personal moment that marked her/his life.
The interactive performance is directed by 29-year-old Cypriot director and founder of the Ek Drasis study group Elena Socratous who has previously performed in Berlin, Greece and Cyprus and director and actor Odysseas Ioannou Konstantinou from Limassol. Konstantinou also performs in the event together with Melanie Varnavidou.
The performance contains some nudity and is only for people aged above 16.
Narrative of Plato's Symposium, followed by improvised dance. August 26-28. Old Vinegar House, Limassol. 8.35pm. Tel: 97-604083
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