August

῾῾ For to fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise without really being wise, for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good that can happen to man.”
Plato Apology

 Violet Louise creates a  multimedia performance on the meaning of life and death based  on poems of greek poet Giorgos Veltsos, under the title August. An audiovisual performance, an installation, a theatrical event, at Bios Main Stage.A woman returns to a place of memories. Like in a dream she returns to her island Mykonos, where she spent her summertime as a child, hearing the sound of the sea and  seagulls with her beloved. A happy childhood reveals again through the things she kept from those holidays, shells and starfish.

And the death of her mother. Α dead fish on the table looking at her, her dead mother or death following her towards the end?August is a story for life and death which resembles  to a cinematic film. Music, sounds and videos  are original materials of the creative team. Underwater videos recorded in the area of greek Saronic bay, recorded sounds of sea and seagulls, shells, starfish, create the personal world of Violet Louise.

Οne performer on stage, managing a whole world of memories. Cameras, microphones, a breathtaking live performance with the sounds of the water, a minimalistic approach to the meaning of life and death.

And poetry? Perhaps the only way to conquer the fear of death: “At the end of this day, the great icebreaker of Silence comes into the house from the Northwest Window. Invades. My trip to the room through my writings. Towards  the night before I go to meet the waves.”

Poems: Giorgos Veltsos
Conception, stage direction, music, sound & visual design: Violet Louise
Collaborator in visual design and technical support: Panagiotis Goubouros
Underwater videos: Bassilis Kountouris, Studio19

Collaborator in light design: Apostolos Kotsianikoulis