Theatre in the museum – an exhibition in Cyprus

The graduate students of the Theatre Directing Masterclass at the Open University of Cyprus organized a two days event and workshop at the Thalassa Museum, located in Ayia Napa under the title “Theatre in the musem” in May 2016.

The event included acted reading of plays written by the university students, video projections of the students work on Shakespears Macbeth, installation art, stage design and a visual and acoustic approach on Vanessas directing concept on Shakespears Macbeth and Euripides The Bacchae.

This included my photographs from the session Macbeth and Bacchae.

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We started to prepare the display of the photographs of the Macbeth and Bacchae shooting around 9 in the morning.

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Coloured texts and prints in different sizes. We brought a few large prints and smaller photographs from Athens to underline the main portraits.

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Our first step was to find a balanced alignment for the display boards.

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The main photograph to the top left, detailed portrait photos to the right and behind-the-scenes photographs below them.

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After we found the right way to display the photographs, we placed them on the boards.

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It was tricky to sort and attach them to the boards.

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At the same time, the actors rehearsed their last play for the upcoming performance.

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Last check on the video installtion and sound system.

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One of the three displays with the photographs, texts and sound installations of Vanessa’s work.

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It was the first time for me to have my photographs displayed and so it took us a while to sort them, develop an idea and concept for the exhibition that wouldn’t only work for us, but also for visitors.

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One of our first visitors.

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Almost done.

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Last check for the audio recordings.

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Sound all set.

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Ongoing preparations.

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And little breaks in between.

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More equipment.

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And some shadowplay in the cafeteria.

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The main banner.

Theatre in the museum“.

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Reflections.

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And Vanessa. Done and happy with her work.

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Chara Panagopoulou – the meat girl.

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Video work behind the scenes. They did some recordings for further workshops.

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Curtains up.

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They began with their play. The sound was very intense, unfortunately to me only in Greek language.

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The audience was listening carefully.

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I realised, that a theatre play is one of the most ancient ways of telling a story.

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Some more flyers for the audience.

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And more documentation.

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I sneaked up on behind them on top of the  stage to literally get some behind the scenes photos.

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Giorgos Tenentes and his installtion : “Two stops, two four legged creatures.

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A moment frozen in time.

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I wandered around from room to room, to document some moments of the play, the visitors and impressions from the installations in the museum.

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The NOAHs arch and her passengers.

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Credits to the students. They did an awesome job.

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A fellow photographer.

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Dynamics.

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And more shadowplay.

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Professor Avra Sidiropoulou inspecting carefully.

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After the plays, the workshop began.

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Professor Vaios Liapis held an introduction about translation of Shakespeare’s texts.

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The audience was all ears.

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And again some more behind-the-scenes recordings.

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At the end, all of us were very tired but satisfied.

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Stage design on a specific performance on Macbeth by Ioulia Kogkou.

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A discussion between the prof and Giorgos.

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Professor Sidiropoulou also held a lecture for the theatre students and visitors.

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Be enlightened.

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That’s mine.

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Some serious thoughts about acting and the students.

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I can fly – the students had to improvise.

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You’re my stone in the rough sea.

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BBQ time – a close-up from the props for Giorgos Tenentes installation.

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Credits to Michel Atreides.

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And some more close-ups of Vanessas work.

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The tired photographer himself.

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Fun time at the end.

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But some things are yet to be discussed.

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Fin.

It was a very interesting opportunity to meet nice people and also to get a first experience of displaying my photographs in public. Thanks a lot for this opportunity and great time!

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