August 20, 2013
Evi Stamatou is a Greek based in London. She is appearing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a performance entitled Caryatid Unplugged. Here, she aims to tell the story of the caryatid in the British Museum – something that has fascinated many people, capturing people’s attention in a different way to the other Parthenon Sculptures, perhaps because she is the most human like & easy for people to relate to.
There is a short trailer for the performance on Youtube.
Exploring art, immigration and the female body. The Caryatid story via burlesque, clowning, physical comedy. Traditional Greek music.
Your support for the following project is very important in order to manage to perform Caryatid Unplugged for the full run of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. There has been great effort from the creative team and we are very close to reaching our goal. Support our attempt to a make a performance that is a playful forum for social and political discussion.
In the June 2011 debate on whether to return the Ancient Parthenon marbles to Greece, David Cameron tells Parliament that ‘Britain has no intention to lose its marbles’.
In July 2012, he announces to the House of Commons Liaison Committee that contingency plans were being hatched to block Greek citizens from entering the UK.
But what about the Caryatid? In an exploration of art, immigration and the female body, Evi Stamatiou tells the Caryatid story via burlesque, clowning and physical comedy with unplugged traditional Greek music.
Performance Maker: Evi Stamatiou
DIrector: Philippos Philippou
Music Composer: Andréas Papapetrou
Set/Costume Designer: Ariadne Kritonos
Voice Over: Aiden Strickland
Movement Coach: Danai Pappa
Executive Director: McKathy Valentina
Graphic Design by Nora & Dimitris Stamatiou
Evi is a Greek, London based theatre practitioner and educator. She has 10 years of international professional experience. In 2010 she established Upopirates, a theatre company based in Athens, and won a distinction for the performance Thinking about Jean Genet’s Tightrope at the Off Off At Colonus Theatre Festival. She is focused on practice-led research, working on multimedia on stage, post-modern, experimental, physical, devised, intercultural and interlingual theatre. Since 2011 she is a HE Lecturer at Wessex Academy of Performing Arts, accredited by Bath Spa University. She is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, NY.
Caryatid Unplugged is part of the HILL STREET SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL at the Hill Street Solo Theatre, the oldest Festival Fringe venue – now in constant operation for the last 34 years. The programme is presented in a new, dynamic collaboration between Scotland’s Universal Arts and the Face to Face Festival of Solo Theatre (London).
Genres: physical theatre, political
Group: Evi Stamatiou
Venue: Hill Street Theatre
Event Website: www.evistamatiou.com
Date: 20-25 August
Duration: 50 minutes
Warnings: Nudity, adult themes, strong language
Country of Origin: Greece
The statue in crisis… In the June 2011 debate on whether to return the Ancient Parthenon marbles to Greece, David Cameron tells Parliament that ‘Britain has no intention to lose its marbles’. In July 2012, he announces to the House of Commons Liaison Committee that contingency plans were being hatched to block Greek citizens from entering the UK. But what about the Caryatid? In an exploration of art, immigration and the female body, Evi Stamatiou tells the Caryatid story via burlesque, clowning and physical comedy with unplugged traditional Greek music.
- Caryatid Unplugged at the Rosemary Branch Theatre : June 29, 2016
- An interview with a Caryatid. Elginism talks to Evi Stamatiou about her Edinburgh Festival show : August 23, 2013
- See Greek Geordie comedian George Zach in London : November 13, 2015
- The ethics of repatriating artefacts : May 26, 2007
- Losing Marbles – Or what could happen on the return journey of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece : December 10, 2009
- Influence – a play about the arrival of the Elgin Marbles in Britain : February 2, 2011
- Q&A with David Hill followed Parthenon Marbles film screening : November 11, 2014
- The hairstyles of the Caryatids from the Parthenon : June 8, 2010