The world premiere of Αvra Sidiropoulou’s latest play took place in the renowned performing arts center, garajistanbul, in Istanbul Turkey, in April 2009. It was performed in English.
And God Said is an international theatre project which brings together artists from different parts of the world, in pursuit of art forms that speak beyond language and culture. Written and directed by Greek theatre artist Avra Sidiropoulou and featuring two acclaimed Turkish actors, Derya Durmaz and Teoman Kumbaracibasi, this project is a continuation of Persona’s long-time involvement with international collaboration and especially with bringing together artists from Greece and Turkey in pursuit of art forms that speak beyond language and culture and redefine understanding.
This multi-media project combines an imagistic, poetic text with original animation by Silo 1 and an original musical score by Vanias Apergis, supporting Persona’s faith in theatre as a total work of art.
And God Said takes place in a time-less, a-local space. It is happening within a post-apocalyptic setting, where the irredeemable catastrophe has swept away all meaning, memory and time as a shared past and imagined future. Stranded in this landscape are a man and a woman with a baby. Unable to communicate, since all the parameters of sense and of personal and interpersonal history are erased, the man and the woman hold fast onto the baby as their ultimate existential reference. The baby, who must be fed when all resources of nourishment and of sense have been pulverized, becomes the living picture of human defencelessness. A picture more than ever pregnant with meaning in the days of a nearly complete ecological dissolution of our world.
*The production participated in the 28th International Fadjr Festival in Tehran in January 2010, after being officially invited. The last the last scene of the play was performed in Farsi by Iranian actor Mohsen Abolhassani.
Text-Direction: Avra Sidiropoulou
Set-Costumes: Tomris Kuzu
Original Music Score: Vanias Apergis
Original Animation: Silo 1
Lighting: Cem Yılmazer
Assistant Director: Cihangir Duman
Photography: Bilge Can Gurer
“Persona Theater Company’s new play ’And God Said’ speaks beyond language and culture.”