Michael Marmarinos

Michael Marmarinos

Michael Marmarinos was born in Athens.
He has studied biology (major: Neurobiology), acting and theater directing.

In 1983-4, the “diplous Eros” theater company was founded, and right after its first production, is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture. After a number of internal transformations and transfigurations, the group was renamed as “Theseum Ensemble” (TE). (www.theseumensemble.com).

His work is ruled by two persisting principles:
a)Theater is the art on the humble history of people.
b)There is no moment in daily life which is not theater, once the proper gaze is there.

Three main issues are reflected through his late works:

I. Always attracted by assemblies… This biological tendency of people prompts him to work on Chorus of ancient Greek drama, as an ancient structure that produces contemporary forms within the theater and every-day life. A structure with unique qualities, a structure capable of producing theater, text, chaos, history, politics. A structure / device for a contemporary gaze.
II. The possible paths that can urge an actor’s body to the turning point of becoming a performance document.
(Biology and his encounter with Bioenergetics and A. Lowen are of a crucial contribution)
III. Moments, insignificant or coincidental, violently inserted into dramaturgy, pushing it towards a poetry of documental.
This kind of writing tactics, capable of producing text, is what he usually names “Directing as Playwriting”.

Αs well as, Every Theorem inherent in all these phenomena.

Apart from Greece, productions of M.M have been staged – or others have been touring in various international festivals – in :
Austria, Belgium, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Korea, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela.

"At Eleusis, one realises, if never before, that there is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy. At Eleusis, one becomes adapted to the cosmos. Outwardly Eleusis may seem broken, disintegrated with the crumbled past; actually, Eleusis is still intact and it is we who are broken, dispersed, crumbling to dust. Eleusis lives; lives eternally in the midst of a dying world."
Henry Miller

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