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Titans from Euripides Laskaridis at the Coronet Theatre

Titans, by the masterful Greek choreographer Euripides Laskaridis, is a tantalising theatrical performance piece replete with distortions both familiar and alien to the experience of everyday life.

TITANS - LASKARIDIS. Photo by Elina Giounanli.
TITANS – LASKARIDIS. Photo by Elina Giounanli.

As a mish-mash of absurdism, Greek mythology and a dip into possible prenatal sensation, it whips up dance, sound and performance art with perverse devilment – all is hellfire, shambles and disarray – but we’re eyes wide and dazzled throughout.

As director and performer, Laskaridis introduces his audience to two charmingly grotesque characters (Laskaridis himself and Dimitris Matsoukas) who hack, distort and reformulate the detritus of their existence in elegant dance moves awash in swings of darkness and light. These characters, in costumes (Designer Angelos Mentis) of near-deflated balloon breasts, and Pinocchio-like beaks, are figures of intrigue moving non-stop.

The play’s lighting design (Eliza Alexandropoulou) is the glare and the mist that illuminates each character’s sinister, but screamingly playful, intent.

What is most appealing about Titans is its indescribable narrative. Although hypnotically bizarre, it is familiar enough to touch upon our own personal experience, perhaps coloured by the stories and legends that reside within us. And so, we reflect on the sum of its parts.

Is its hyperreal energy a reflection of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, and the horrifying encounter with the ravenous Cyclops? Or of two mythical cave dwellers trapped in the dank bowels of planet earth? Or of the Big Bang at the moment when chaos reigns supreme in deep space?

And what of its haunting sound design (Giorgos Poulios), so richly reminiscent of the cinematic birth of the Frankenstein monster, or possibly the muffled sounds a fetus hears in the fluid of its prenatal sac.

In its non-linear, unconventional narrative Titans is possibly an astral metaphor, a time twister, a childhood romp across Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus in which all that’s about to happen, and all that’s already zoomed past, is jumbled into one unforgettable theatrical experience.

5 Star Rating

Review by Loretta Monaco

Inspired by Greek mythology, TITANS is a bold and absurd fable blending dance and performance art by daring and acclaimed choreographer Euripides Laskaridis.

Before the world’s beginning, two solitary beings live between darkness and light, playing a never-ending game with no apparent purpose. A grotesque spectacle, two performers shapeshift as they interact, blending chaos with elegant movement. Eccentric, iconoclastic and existential, TITANS dissolves the boundaries of performance, interrogating the parameters of our rational world.

Renowned Greek choreographer Euripides Laskaridis celebrates the undefinable. A visionary of the Theatre of the Absurd, his work has toured the world presenting endlessly inventive, dreamlike worlds to his audiences.

Director, Choreography & Set Design
Euripides Laskaridis

Performed by
Euripides Laskaridis & Dimitris Matsoukas

Costume Design
Angelos Mentis

Original Music & Sound Design
Giorgos Poulios

Lighting Design
Eliza Alexandropoulou

Dramaturgy Consultant
Alexandros Mistriotis

03–04 March 2023

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