The blitztheatregroup is a Greek collective founded in 2004 by three artists, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, and Yorgos Valais, whose founding principle was to “understand the theatre as a field where people meet each other and exchange ideas in the most essential way, not a field for virtuosity and ready-made truths.” The group introduced their first play, Motherland, in 2006, and created in 2007 New Order, a fake game show. They followed it up in 2009 with Joy Division, Goethe's Faust, and Katerini. That same year, as a response to the demonstrations in Athens, the blitztheatregroup created Guns! Guns! Guns!, an over-the-top review of the revolutions of the 20th century. It is with this show that European audiences first discovered the work of the collective, notably at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, at the Théâtre en Mai festival in Dijon, and in other European cities. In Greece, a country in crisis whose people are disillusioned and disgruntled, they created two shows to say goodbye to a world that is disappearing, Don Quixote and Late Night, the latter a ball set amid the rubbles of a devastated Europe that has toured the entire continent.
Portrait © Panos Michail