Homeward | A Monstrous Utopia (2019 – 2023)

biology new
black and monstrous
and everything and all noise unbearable
for the glory of the new king
the new species
which will tame the earth and the animals subdue and life itself will
conquer
it is here
and accepts
it only accepts
on it all the black spillage of the gods
let it all fall on it
cover it
on it the remains of the world
on it the universal sludge and the black spillage on it
all its body
a cosmic comedy
to be seen

“Homeward” is a visual physical performance, based on the notion of Post-humanism. It attempts to deconstruct the “Human” and redefine it amongst the violent vectors of contemporary world, through the visceral alteration of identity found in Primal Rituals.
In a nightmarish unconscious future landscape, where life has been reduced to black dust, we witness the punishment of the new species of life that annihilated everything that ever was. In the Tamer’s strange show, the Beast is pulled towards the Human and their destructive union. It is a visceral multimedia experience, where videos gathered from the Internet that reflect our absurd reality, sound design juxtaposing ritualistic elements with digital technology, and scenography utilizing synthetic and organic materials create dynamic physical dialogues with the performing body. Existing in the liminal territory between performance, installation, noise show and visual theater, Homeward explores the human’s moral stance against the world and the Others, as well as our relationship with the uncanny.

Athens: “Homeward” premiered at Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation (2023).
It was also shown as a work in progress at Our Festival 7, Evripideio Theatro Rematias (2021).

London: “Homeward” has been presented as a Work in Progress at Studio Theatre, Central Saint Martins, London (2019) and was scheduled for the MISC Festival at the Platform Theatre, London (2020, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).     

Homeward Sound Design Sample 2020

2023 Photos

2021 Photos

Work in Progress 2019 Documentation

Michael Cacoyiannis Foundation
2023
Director | Text | Sound Design: Fanis Sakellariou
Set Design: Olga Ntenta
Costume Design: Konstantinos Chaldaios
Movement Design: Maro Petli
Lighting Design: Marietta Pavlaki
Constructions: Lydia Lampropoulou, Constantinos Chaldaios, Nikolas Tsounakas, Ronnie Kommené, Irini Olympiou
Mask Construction: Katerina Mitsiali
Dramaturgical Advisor: Daphne Patsourakou
Performers: Thodoris Vrachas, Alexandros Kanavos, Sofia Nikolopoulou
Production Management: Lydia Lampropoulou
Communication: Katerina P. Trihia @ablaze.meursault
Visual Communication (Graphic Design, Photographs & Drone): Dimitris Gelbouras @forbidden.designs
Trailer – Teaser: Giannis Papoutsis
Photos: Giannis Papoutsis, Marios Chaldaios

Our Festival 7, Evripideio Theatro Rematias
2021
Devised and Directed by Fanis Sakellariou
Text/Sound Design: Fanis Sakellariou
Set Design: Olga Ntenta
Costume Design: Aziza Kadyri, Thanos Papagalanis
Movement Design: Maro Petli
Filming/Photos: Yiannis Papoutsis
Performers: Alexandros Kanavos, Daphne Patsourakou

UAL: Central Saint Martins, MA Performance Design & Practice
2020
Platform Theatre, London
Devised and Directed by Fanis Sakellariou
Text/Sound Design: Fanis Sakellariou
Set Design: Olga Ntenta
Costumes: Aziza Kadyri
Movement Assistane: Violeta M. Valcheva
Performers: Kostis Daskalakis, Reza Diako, Daphne Patsourakou
Filming: Yiannis Papoutsis
Poster Art: Florian-Ayala Fauna

2019
Studio Theatre, London
Devised and Directed by Fanis Sakellariou
Sound, Set, Costume, Light Design: Fanis Sakellariou
Visual Design Assistance: Aziza Kadyrova
Performers: Fanis Sakellariou, Violeta Valcheva, Daphne Patsourakou

Models

Floor Plan for Platform Theatre, London

Set Model

The Beast Model
The Tamer Model
Humanity Model