GREEK NATIONAL OPERA / ATHENS
Anthony’s DeathKharálampos Goyós’ latest work Anthony’s Death arrives at the GNO Alternative Stage directed by the talented Dimitris Karantzas, after a first, extremely successful round of streaming broadcasts on the GNO TV platform. Anthony’s Death is an outrageous, iconoclastic “opera of the absurd” dedicated to all boys ashamed to admit that they cried while watching Candy Candy; a weird, psychoanalytically-inspired “infernal machine” in which the legacy of the aforementioned Japanese anime TV series provocatively meets the thought of the notorious Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, occasioned by the memory of a fall that traumatised an entire generation.
Two men, stuck in a clearing out of Dante or Heidegger, smugly indulge in the pleasures of speech and are faced with trauma, fantasy, the death drive, repetition compulsion, their fear of woman and their omnipresent narcissism - with intermediate stops at the Epistles of St Paul, the seminars of Jacques Lacan and the hit songs by Ruslana and Eleni Dimou. Their obsessional, unstoppable discourse is shot through with insistent questions: Does Woman exist, or not? Why is “fox” written with a lowercase initial in Greek, though with an uppercase initial in German? And most of all: Why did we cry so hard when Anthony, Candy’s blond boyfriend, fell from his horse at the end of that fatal, twenty-fourth episode in the mid-80s?
Anthony’s Death, a “conceptual chamber opera” in the tradition of the Verdian “opera of intentions” (as well as, at the same time, an oblique satire of the fake fashion for the neo-baroque), sets out to articulate the insecurities and anxieties of a generation raised on VHS, Dynasty and Chornobyl, and eternally confronted with the spectrum of an impending (financial, ecological, geopolitical, health-related) catastrophe that haunts our dreams - until the inevitable, self-destructive finale: “We have all fantasised our own funerals.”
From 20/11/2022 to 27/11/2022
Sunday 20/11/2022 at 19:30
Wednesday 23/11/2022 at 20:30
Friday 25/11/2022 at 20:30
Sunday 27/11/2022 at 19:30