July 31 & August 1 in the archaeological site of Delphi, Greece
Director and choreographer Apostolia Papadamaki in her new original performance The Oracles of Water, creates a unique, interactive, and participatory site-specific performance that connects climate change and the global water crisis with the mythical background and the cult of Apollo at Delphi. The renowned actor Dimitris Gkotsopoulos interprets the Researcher -Archeologist and Maria Papageorgiou, bespoke singer -performer embodies the role of Pythia, the oracle woman of Delphi. The project is part of the Ministry of Culture’s “All of Greece, One Culture 2023" program, which this year is dedicated to the environment.
Through a conceptual trajectory, it aspires to connect scientific discoveries and findings, historical events, mythical entities, and high meanings, linking research on the effects of climate change in the Greater Delphi area and the consequences of human activity on the region's aquifer with the global water crisis. The show pushes traditional boundaries, using the power of art to engage audiences intellectually and emotionally. It serves as a reminder of humanity's responsibility to protect the planet's most precious resource and encourages collective action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Direction, choreography: Apostolia Papadamaki
Original music: Trifon Koutsourelis
Dramaturgy: Apostolia Papadamaki, Panagiotis Giokas
Original text writing, lyrics: Panagiotis Giokas
Lighting: Valentina Tamiolaki
Sculptures / Props: Ioannis Brouzos
Head of photography, graphic/visual designer: Areion Stefanidis
Dimitris Gotsopoulos (Researcher-Archaeologist)
Maria Papageorgiou (Pythia-The Oracle Woman)
Apostolia Papadamaki (Mnemosyne)
The 9 Muses: Mary Giannoula, Maria Penelope Kasidokosta, Christianna Katsimprakis, Konstantina Liontou, Evini Pantelaki, Maria Papakonstantinou, Iliana Paraskevopoulou, Natasha Sarantopoulou, Dafni Stathatou
Musicians on stage:
Violin: Migen Selmani
Cello: Lefki Kolovou
Harp: Sissy Makropoulou
Electronics: TrIfon Koutsourelis
Assistant Director: Giorgos Palios
Assistant Choreographer: Konstantina Liontou
Marilena Tsakoumaki, Dr archaeologist
Alexandra Silvestrou (Sustainability Consultant - MSc in Sustainable Development)
Eleni Koulizaki (Teaching pronunciation and prosody of the Ancient Greek Language)
Production Management: MENTOR / Panagiotis Giokas, Virginia Vasilakou, Yiannis Pappas
Communication & Promotion: MENTOR
Press Office: Nikoleta Votsi
Production of dancers' dresses: Victoria Giannaki
Volunteer's coordination: Dimitra Tsenesidou
Volunteer Performers: Paraskevi Baki, Eleni Tsoumbou, Ioanna Sylaidopoulou, Christina Zambas, Luisa Mayhew, Vasiliki Papali, Alia Kontelli, Archontina Reginioti, Vasiliki Samartzi, Iris Meyer, Eleftheria Tourkantoni, Electra Oikonomidou, Isidora Papagiannakou, Mariana dos Reis, Claudia Lopez.
31/7 - 01/8/2023
Each performance consists of two parts. The first part takes place at 6.30-7.30, at sunrise, at the Temple of Athena Pronaea, and the second part at 20.00-21.10 at the archaeological site of Delphi. Attendance is compulsory for both parts. The total duration of the performance is 130 minutes.
The event is implemented in the framework of the institution "All of Greece, One Culture 2023" by the Ministry of Culture and is offered free of charge. Only the entrance fee of the archaeological site, where applicable, is paid.
The performance is implemented within the framework of the 2023 program “All of Greece, One Culture" by the Ministry of Culture.
Εxclusive sponsor: AQUA Carpatica
With the support of the Greek National Tourism Organisation and in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Phocis.
We would also like to give special thanks to Vorres Museum, Holy Ginger, Forca Divina Foundation and to everyone who contributed financially to the performance.
The morning part of the performance starts at 06.30 am with sunrise. Arrival time is at 06:00 and you do not need to purchase an Archaeological Site ticket for the Temple of Athena Pronaea.
For the evening part of the performance, which starts at 20:00 at the Temple of Apollo, the arrival time is 19:45 for those who have already purchased the Archaeological Site ticket online. Otherwise, the arrival time is 19:20 for the public to purchase the ticket at the Archaeological Site's box office.
The performance is peripatetic, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes for walking and comfortable clothing.