In October, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center presents, for the first time, the Greek version of The Quiet Volume, an “Autoteatro” performance by the British artists Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells.
The term “Autoteatro” describes a series of small-scale performances – specially designed for specific spaces – that come to life with the participation of members of the audience.
A combination of silence and concentration, The Quiet Volume exposes the strange magic at the heart of the reading experience, allowing aspects of it we think of as deeply internal to lean out into the surrounding space, and to leak from one reader's sphere into another's.
Having been performed in 12 countries to date, The Quiet Volume creates a unique experience for library visitors/readers and explores the particular tension common to any library worldwide.
In the Open Reading Area, at the second floor of the National Greek Library, two participants, seated at a table, have headphones on, with a red and a green notebook and a few volumes of books before them. As they hear whispered cues on their headphones, they silently read excerpts from the small stack of books.
The Greek version of The Quiet Volume was especially produced by Ant Hampton to be performed at the SNFCC.
Ant Hampton is a British artist and performance maker based in Germany. His performance works are diverse in content and tone, yet consistently explore the tension between fixed, formal or structural elements and the improvised ones that come about in the moment. For 20 years now, he has been developing new modes of performance, guiding people through unrehearsed performance situations. Other works such as Hello for Dummies, GuruGuru, Cue China, OK OK, This is Not My Voice Speaking and The Extra People, continue to tour widely, in over 60 different language versions.
Tim Etchells is an artist and writer based in the UK, whose work shifts between performances, visual art creations and works of fiction. He is the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment. Exhibiting and presenting work in significant institutions all over the world, he is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University. Etchells’ work has been shown recently at Tate Modern, Cubitt, Hayward Gallery and Bloomberg SPACE in London, at Turner Contemporary, The Grundy and Compton Verney in the UK, as well as at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and MUHKA (Antwerp).
Blindness by José Saramago, translated into Greek by Athina Psylia (2013), courtesy of Kastaniotis Editions
Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook and The Third Lie, translated into Greek by Chryssa Tsamadou (Exandas Editions, 1986 & 1995), and The Proof, translated by Agni Metaftsi (Exandas Editions, 1990), courtesy of the translators
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans, translated into Greek by Argyro Mantoglou (2019), courtesy of Kastaniotis Editions
First voice - Ant Hampton
Child’s voice - Seth Etchells
Third voice - Jenny Naden
Binaural recordings: TiTo Toblerone
Produced by Katja Timmerberg
Commissioned and produced by Ciudades Paralelas: Hebbel am Ufer, Schauspielhaus Zurich, Nowy Teatr, Vooruit with support from Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Goethe Institut, ProHelvetia
Translation - Yiannis Voyiatzis
First voice - Giorgos Kritharas
Child’s voice - Panagiotis Lekkas
Third voice - Aliki Alexandraki
Starting on Friday 11/10, and daily from 18.00-21.40 (the sessions start every 20 minutes and last one hour)
The sessions at 18.40 and 20.40 will be conducted in English
Free admission by online preregistration
For the month of November preregistration starts as follows:
For the sessions held between 01 and 10/11, preregistration starts on Wednesday 30/10 at 12.00
For the sessions held between 11 and 17/11, preregistration starts on Monday 04/11 at 12.00
For the sessions held between 18 and 24/11, preregistration starts on Monday 11/11 at 12.00
For the sessions held between 25 and 30/11, preregistration starts on Monday 18/11 at 12.00
*The presence of two participants is required for the event to take place.
*Please bring some form of identification on the day of the event, in order to participate.
*The event lasts 60 minutes with no interruption.
*If you wish to cancel your participation kindly do it at least one day before the event, as the experience of the other participant depends on your arrival.