GREEK PRECARIOUS BODY (2020)

Scenographic experiment by Olga Ntenta

Tragedy slows things down by confronting us with what we do not know about ourselves: an unknown force that unleashes violent effects on us on a daily, indeed often minute-by-minute basis.” (Critchley 2019)


“The body is outside itself, in the world of others, in a space and time it does not control, and it not only exists in the vector of these relations, but as this very vector.” (Butler 2009)

Finding parallels between what the Ancient Greeks called “fate” and what Butler describes as “the world of others”, we explore generic meanings of the myth of Oedipus, in contemporary terms via Butler’s concept. We use the idea of the costume as a metaphor for all those “others” that control the human and that are at the same time affected by it. In practice, we use materials that restrict the body and by moderating experimental scenographic practices, we allow interactions to happen through which we explore the notion of “the precarious”.

This experimental scenographic project has been shown in UAL Central Saint Martins Work in Progress Festival 2020 and at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as guest artistic performance. It was scheduled to be part of UAL Central Saint Martins MISC Festival 2020, it participated at the CRITICAL COSTUME 2020 Conference and Exhibition, Oslo National Academy of Arts and shown at the BRUNEL LAW CONFERENCE 2020, “Climate emergencies” and the litigation, sustainability and migration challenges that stem therefrom, Brunel University London.

Created by Olga Nteta
Costume Design: Olga Ntenta
Sound Design: Fanis Sakellariou, Olga Ntenta
Performers: Aziza Kadyri, Fanis Sakellariou
Filming: Yiannis Papoutsis