“Full freedom will come only when it makes no difference whether to live or not to live.”
WHAT: See Dostoyevsky’s nihilistic masterpiece about a 19th century Russian town shifted to present day Greece in this epic stage production by the acclaimed Russian director Konstantin Bogomolov – dubbed the “enfant terrible” of Russian theatre.
This is the first time the OCC has invited a foreign director to work with Greek actors (the production will feature English sub-titles).
Dostoyevsky’s Demons (written in 1872) focuses on the activities of a circle of young nihilists. According to Konstantin Bogomolov, however, Demons is less about nihilism and socialism than it is about a passion for life and the allure of death.
As he puts it: “Dostoyevsky gives us a suicide club: all his heroes are obsessed with death, bewitched by it. And in so far as the work treats suicide as a life choice rather than an act of desperation, its suicidal heroes call to mind the suicide bombers of our present.”
The Demons takes place in two dimensions: in the social and political reality of its era (nihilism, pre-revolutionary demands, religious and social dialogue), but also on a metaphysical plane. This is the fundamental difference between Demons and Dostoyevsky’s other works.
Watch the trailer HERE
WHEN: November 22-December 10 at 20.00.
WHERE: Main Stage, Onassis Cultural Centre, 107 Syngrou Avenue, tel: 210.900.5800, For ticket information visit www.sgt.gr
Insider Weekly, November 8, 2017.