THE.AM.A. (Theatre for People with Disabilities)

THE.AM.A was established in 2010 as a professional integrated theatre group, which aspires to establish the first Greek Higher School of Drama for people with all disabilities.

THE.AM.A in the past 6 years has staged notable theatrical performances and organized Drama workshops for people with disabilities. Within performance and educational activities, the participation of at least 30% of non-disabled persons is mandatory, thus presenting an all inclusive and integrated educational method of the Drama Arts. 

THE.AM.A has developed a particular interest in the adaptations of Ancient Greek myths and tragedies. It has produced a stage interpretation of the myth of Lamia, an improvisational performance of Sophocles’ Electra in two parts, a monologue adaptation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes and for summer 2016 The Deserts: Cassandra-Philoctetes and Aeschylus’ Persians. The production of Persians has been selected for two performances during the prestigious Festival of Athens and Epidaurus 2016.

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    Blindfold

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    Blindfold

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    Masterclass

  • THE.AM.A Archives

    Masterclass

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    Masterclass

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    The Persians

  • THE.AM.A Archives

    The Persians

  • THE.AM.A Archives

    The Persians

 

Major workshops organized include “The significance of Space and Time in ancient Greek Tragedy” which was first introduced in Moscow during the Proteart Festival in 2013 and recently in the University of Patra, Department of Philology.
In the past 6 years THE.AM.A has presented on stage the following productions: 
• “Lamia” (2010) by Lina Abdelhamid                        
• “Heroes and Myths” (2011) based on extracts from plays by Tennessee Williams
• “Electra” (2012) by Sophocles  (Festival 2012 – Turin, Italy)
• “Tomorrow”  (2012-13) by Efi Toumpa
• “C.P. Cavafy : Profession Poet” (2013) sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Athletics on the occasion of “C.P. Cavafy Year – 2013”
• “The Zoo Story “ (2013-2014) by  EdwardAlbee
• “Jacob, or the Submission” (2015-2016) by  Eugène Ionesco

Contact details

Mary Dragatakis
Administration Officer

Artotinis 20
Athens 11633

Artistic Director(s)

Vassilis Oikonomou

Online

Email: theaterndisability@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.distheater.gr
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theaterndisability

Blindfold - The Night of the Hunt by Sophia Stavrakaki

Productions

Blindfold - The Night of the Hunt by Sophia Stavrakaki

Duration: 60'
Number of people on road: 9
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

A   play that endeavours to oppose the arrogance, the devaluation of human nature and the deprivation of  hope,  eminent  in a fast-approaching reality, where society will be clearly delineated into two categories of the human species, the majority of those that accept their obligations and a minority of anti-conformists.

Extra information

An option for hyper-titles and video art.

The Persians by Aeschylus

Duration: 90'
Number of people on road: 23
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

T-Shaped wooden platform required

Description

The first ancient Greek tragedy that survived complete by Aeschylus (472 BC), known for its anti-war and antiracist content, considered as the first literary work that contemplates on the acceptance of diversity.  

The Significance of Space and Time in Ancient Greek Tragedy

Duration: 50'
Number of people on road: 7
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

Performance of the 'Deserts - Philoctetes' followed by two 3-hour sessions of Master class on ancient Greek drama by Vassilis Oikonomou, Director, MA in Ancient Greek Theater, University of Patra, Dept. of Theater Studies. The birth of tragedy based on two elements, Space and Time, within a framework of targeted improvisation.

 

Extra information

Two 3-hour sessions plus 50 minutes Performance.

For all audiences with/without disabilities, maximum number of participants 20.

Wrap-around work

Workshops, master classes, Q&As and performances focused on ancient Greek Drama are available.

Press Comments & Testimonials

 

Heroes without a certification by Elena Galanopoulou
Against the absurd and racist legislation decreed by the Ministry of Culture that all professional actors must be certified as “able-bodied” a theatrical group of people with disabilities ventures to convince us all that they are indeed professionals. Their production of “Heroes and Myths” an adaptation of monologues from Tennessee Williams plays. 
**** Eleftherotypia http://www.enet.gr/?i=news.el.article&id=295627
Ionesco and Sophocles for the World Day of People with Disabilities: To Vima
THE.AM.A. continues its performances to honor December 3rd the World Day for Disabilities. The only professional theatrical group of people with disabilities is performing for the Day the comedy of Eugene Ionesco “Jacob or the Submission” representative work from the theater of the Absurd and the monologue “Philoctetes” based on the tragedy by Sophocles. Their approach to the performing arts exhibits thorough knowledge, outstanding aesthetics  and professional integrity.
http://www.tovima.gr/culture/article/?aid=757677
The Zoo Story by Savvas Patsalidis
What struck me in the performance I saw is that the actors were playing without hiding behind their disability, to elicit feelings of sympathy or, worse, pity. And that made all of us in the square forget that there was a problem. We could see how the roles created absorbed each actors disability to such an extent that the effaced. Well done. A thumbs goes to Vassilis Economou director, who found the boundaries of each partner and worked with them, managing to create an image of diversity as normal.
http://savaspatsalidis.blogspot.gr/2014/11/blog-post_2.html#moreOrmation

“Heroes and Myths” (2011) based on extracts from plays by Tennessee Williams

Against the absurd and racist legislation decreed by the Ministry of Culture that all professional actors must be certified as “able-bodied” a theatrical group of people with disabilities ventures to convince us all that they are indeed professionals. Their production of “Heroes and Myths” an adaptation of monologues from Tennessee Williams plays. 

****Elena Galanopoulou in Eleftherotypia

 

Ionesco and Sophocles for the World Day of People with Disabilities

THE.AM.A. continues its performances to honor December 3rd the World Day for Disabilities. The only professional theatrical group of people with disabilities is performing for the Day the comedy of Eugene Ionesco “Jacob or the Submission” representative work from the theater of the Absurd and the monologue “Philoctetes” based on the tragedy by Sophocles. Their approach to the performing arts exhibits thorough knowledge, outstanding aesthetics  and professional integrity.

To Vima 

 

“The Zoo Story “ (2013-2014) by  EdwardAlbee 

What struck me in the performance I saw is that the actors were playing without hiding behind their disability, to elicit feelings of sympathy or, worse, pity. And that made all of us in the square forget that there was a problem. We could see how the roles created absorbed each actors disability to such an extent that the effaced. Well done. A thumbs goes to Vassilis Economou director, who found the boundaries of each partner and worked with them, managing to create an image of diversity as normal.

Savvas Patsalidis blogspot