Intertwining personal narrative and a variety of shifting characters, the performance explores the relationship of the individual against a backdrop of an eroding sense of community and populist rage.
"At the moment of the applause, I was overwhelmed with the sensation, the happening I had just observed, (...) was not a succession of symbolisms open to the spectator’s interpretation, but a minimalistic study targeted at the complexity of our «Ego» and the formation of identity.(…)The amazing Alexandersson participates in this study with ceremonial concentration, and a charming, childish audacity. (…)in its depths, aims straight at our collective truth" - Yiorgos Savvinides, Philefhteros Newspaper Cyprus
"After all, this is the nature of «Egoland» It is indeed the particular personality of the protagonist and the contributors of this devised text, that the work achieves to provide a tool for self-understanding, yet of general use. (…) Alexandersson is versatile and precise in the changes of scenes. He is so eloquent and expressive with his body" - Nona Moleski, Phileftheros Newspaper Cyprus Weekend edition
Egoland is a production by SRSLYyours under the direction of Achim Wieland which investigates our complex “Ego” and the subtle impersonal and global forces which leave us exposed and vulnerable to any new dogma, political movement, religion, populist sentiment or heroic figure. Where is the threshold in which we accept oppressive behavior, forfeit individual freedom for national interests, eventually excuse even the most atrocious acts of injustice and violence?
The devised performance questions our motivations and choices to live as critical (citizens) or to remain lost particles in a silent mass, pulsing to the rhythms of powerful forces we cannot understand, partake in, or reply to.
The concept for EGOLAND was developed in Limassol, Berlin and Gothenburg with Achim Wieland (Direction), Martin Nick Alexandersson (Performer), Isabel Evers (Dramaturgist and Co-Direction) and Cypriot Actor/Director Marios Ioannou (Co-Dramaturgy).
SRSLYyours is a group of performers, dramaturges, researchers and visual artists based in Germany, Cyprus, Sweden, Greece and Switzerland.
We understand theatre as an incentive for social change – perhaps a political one. We are problem setters and embrace cross-genre and participatory formats. We combine sources with no guilt to produce alternative facts for stage. We take our audience seriously. We try not to be pretentious. We often start from nothing and have many cooks in the kitchen (or else its not a kitchen). We avoid protagonists – the ensemble is the star. We often speak simultaneously and have good reason to be perfectionists and dreamers. Seriously.
Direction / Dramaturgy: Achim Wieland
Co-Dramaturgy / Advisor: Isabel Evers
Research and Supporting Dramaturge: Marios Ioannou, Rania Iakovou
Performer: Martin Nick Alexandersson
Script: Achim Wieland with the Performer, Dramaturges and Collaborators
Environment / Light: Achim Wieland / Dimitris Chimonas
Costume: Martin Nick Alexandersson
Hair: Marios Neofytou (Cyprus edition)
Sound: Per-Linus Westberg / Timmie Strandberg (Original Score)
Additional Tracks: The Carpenters “We’ve only just begun”
Poster Image: Jessica Nilsson
Video Documentation: Daniela Frykstrand, Emilio Di Stefano and Fabian Sigurd at Luftslottet
Promotional Video Edit: Martin Nick Alexandersson with exceptional support and help by Rikard Björk at Fjärde Väggen Produktion
Co-Producer: Center of Performing Arts MITOS, Konstkollektivet Mölndal.
Project Partner: Rialto Theatre
With the support of: Dance House Lemesos, TANZFABRIK Berlin, the Swedish Embassy Cyprus, Ministry of Education and Culture Cyprus.
In Collaboration with: Bastionen
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