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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 May 2015
18 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The Flick is on Nadia Tass brings to life the Pulitzer Prizewinning play of Annie Baker, a taste of the eventful mundanity of life EUGENIA PAVLOPOULOU "To watch Baker's work is to be drawn into a world that feels as unplotted as real life that breaks abruptly into surreal transcendence" wrote Nathan Heller from The New Yorker about Annie Baker’s Pulitzer awardwinning play The Flick. It's this rawness in Baker's work that intrigued Nadia Tass some years ago and led the renowned Greek Australian director/producer to bring Baker's play The Aliens to the Melbourne theatre scene. The relationship that started in 2011 between the two creative minds went on with another of Baker's plays, Out of the Water, in 2014. "When I first read The Flick I realised that I loved the play," Tass tells Neos Kosmos. "There were not too many who really saw what I saw in this. But I had already directed another play by Annie Baker, met with her in New York and spent time together. I was drawn into The Flick." Just a week after her close encounter with the talented playwright, The Flick won the Pulitzer drama award. For those who know Nadia Tass, it was very easy to predict that her affection for The Flick was not going to be left at just that. In 2014 Nadia brought Annie Baker's drama on the stage of The Red Stitch Actors Theatre. After a sell-out season back then, the critically-acclaimed production is back as of yesterday and until May 23. "It's a play about the people who work in an independent cinema and one of the characters knows and loves 35mm film a great deal, and so there is this discussion about which movies are good, which movies are not that good and the transition from 35mm projection into digital projection, which is what’s happened, let's say the last two years," says Tass about the story of the play. "While the characters talk about this, we the audience examine their lives." As an astute analyst of characters and life experiences, Tass manages through her direction to convey and enhance the unplotted reality Greek animators A vibrant community of performing artists of all kinds, traditional or contemporary, local or global, that aims to offer unforgettable cultural experiences Fanis, Eirini, Alex, Harris and Vassilis all come from different backgrounds: arts and culture, social sciences and entrepreneurship, but they all believe in powerful experiences and people reaching their full potential through collaboration. For that, they created Greek Animators, a vibrant community of performing artists of all kinds, traditional or contemporary, local or global, dancers, musicians, actors, painters who wish to co-create and to offer unforgettable cultural experiences. Greek Animators aims to stage interactive shows, recreational activities and imaginative performances for all ages, mostly for travellers, hotel guests and tourists who wish to meet the true contemporary cultural action in Greece, ensuring they enjoy their stay to the maximum. In times of financial hardship, Greece is tormented by youth unemployment, seriously affecting its fragmented cultural scene. Young performing artists and graduates from gymnastics repairing it with our hands, but we can't get very far without your support," Greek Animators admit. The team has taken to indigogo to reach the remaining amount of US$5,000 needed to transform the offices into a vibrant space with the right facilities to host the artists' dreams. "Our community is open, constantly inviting and embracing new people and collaborations that enlarge its possibilities." "We aim to highlight Contributions to forming their space and maintaining it for the incubation period are invaluable. schools fighting by themselves to fulfil their dreams are left without creative exits. At the same time, there is a constantly rising wave of visitors to Greece from all over the world, who look for experiencing something different and unique other than the beautiful climate and the sea. The group envisions Greek Animators as the national team for culture and tourism. "We reached out and all of a sudden we've gathered dozens of people, from street dancers and musicians to rhythmic gymnastics athletes and theatre groups that are in fact forming the largest animators' community in Greece," the team explains. "Today, we are in the process of forming a social cooperative enterprise in order to be able to sustain and develop the project, fight youth unemployment in the sector of performing arts and culture, by developing innovative happenings for the sector of tourism. Of course, locals are also very welcome to attend our events. "We have already found the ideal space to house our offices and the absolutely necessary trainings, rehearsals and seminars. We've started upcoming cultural groups and all the fresh and evolving talent in Greece," it says. "We focus on Greek history and cultural tradition in our happenings but also combine it with contemporary international elements that flourish now days in our country. "That way, we promote an authentic view of the newest cultural activity in Greece." *To watch their video and find out more about the campaign, visit www. indiegogo.com/projects/ launching-greek-animators--2 that Baker constructs through her play to an unprecedented level of perfection. She sees into the movie theatre, she sees the everyday labour of her three characters, she listens to their small talk, she sees them as they pick up the lolly wrappers and the spilled popcorn from the aisles but this tedious, monotonous and unremarkable routine of theirs is not uneventful for Tass. "It is the tragedy of the mundane, that unfolds in this play. A microcosm of our world is constructed on the stage. It is the mundanity of everyday work that people need to do within a given space, within a given environment. These people need to do the cleaning so the place is ready for the next session. And that is the physical environment in which the characters are positioned. “But what happens with the characters, the talk and the development of relationships between them is where the interest is. It is where the audience will become enlightened in what is actually happening with issues in our world," says Tass, and this is the point, that her masterful direction kills the futility and establishes hope. "The hope comes from the fact that we, as the audience, can identify what the issues are and we have a choice as human beings to work through them in a positive way and get to the other side, or for some it never happens - they get bogged in the mundane. “But in this case we see the ‘Pistol Male stripper Pistol Pete has written a tell-all book about his life in the private but exposed world of stripping HELEN VELISSARIS Greek Australian male stripper 'Pistol Pete' has written a tell-all book about his experiences in the secretive stripping industry. 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