Nea Kios - "One step back", March 26-28th 2022

Smyrna of the Greeks, Σμύρνη των Ελλήνων

The Nea Kios Memorial Committee of the Municipality of Argos-Mycenae presents the performance "One step back", dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor catastrophe. A show that starts as a real testimony. Indeed, it was given to Nikos Roumpakis and he transformed it into a performance, with his dramatic tools and fiction.
We see the transfer of the testimony-performance come to life in front of the spectators, who all participate in a recording-documentary, while the scenography leads us to the action and the direct intervention of the audience.

Our story presents the last New Year's Eve in Smyrna, told by the descendant of a family. Eve of 1922…His memories come to life, from narrators who turn into faces and heroes, who left indelible moments in his life, as passing from "there to here", from Smyrna to Mytilene, he lost all his beloved family members and his first love , leaving them "behind, at the bottom" of Smyrna, along with hundreds of "lifeless bodies of Greeks". The joy, the emotion, the sadness and the pain of the uprooting, the loss but also the new beginning with the survival and the installation, is the emotional mosaic that the performance composes.
The documentary is dramatically recorded by the camera of the journalist-reporter, who mainly "opens the door" for the testimony and unravels the tangle of the story, making the viewers share the events.

Smyrna burning 1922, καταστροφή της Σμύρνης 1922
Νέα Κίος παράσταση Ένα βήμα πίσω, One step back performance in Nea Kios of Argolis

The voices and melodies are heard by Mario Karachalios and Rania Koutrouli, with sounds from cannon musical instrument and percussions correspondingly, but also with original music by the "Op3" band, who dressed this "banquet" of testimonies and history.
Marilena Liagri's choreographies enliven the dead relatives of the story's grandson Manolios, making the narrative heroes of his memory dance and coexist with him. The chase and the atmosphere elevate in the art videos of Dimitris Papadopoulos and the shooting and editing of Whitedogfilms.

Artistic supervision - direction: Giannis Sarigiannis
Screenplay - graphic design, teasers: Nikos Roumpakis
Scenography: Spyros Poulos
Musicians: Marios Karachalios, Rania Koutrouli, Op3
Choreography: Marilena Liagri
Shooting - editing: Whitedogfilms
Art video: Dimitris Papadopoulos
Costumes: Takis Kokkinopoulos, Members of the Cultural Association, Nektaria Spinopoulou
Technical coverage - Sound: Costas Iliopoulos, Costas Tsevopoulos
Production: Cultural Association of Nea Kios, KEDAM
Implementation: Municipal Theatrical Stage of Nea Kios

Starting time

The venue
Cultural Center of Nea Kios (Municipality of Argos), main Square of Nea Kios

Priority order will be followed

Did you know that?
Viewers should follow the instructions and recommendations of the Covid-19 Committee of Experts of the Ministry of Health, for safe attendance at archaeological sites and museums, in accordance with the applicable Ministry Decisions.
The use of a non-medical mask is essential throughout the event.
For safety reasons and to avoid delays and overcrowding, an early arrival is recommended.
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