Established in 2002 by Greek theatre director Elli Papakonstantinou, ODC Ensemble is a highly acclaimed company active in the field of contemporary and experimental art. ODC Ensemble creates hybrid art involving citizens/activists in non-theatrical spaces (thus intervening in wider public space). Their work takes place inside and outside of buildings, where the audience moves following the action, thus questioning traditional frontal relationships with the audience. ODC ensemble creates engaged art, out of the box, in unexpected spaces like a window-screen on Broadway Avenue, N.Y., a residential building (polukatoikia) in Athens, industrial spaces etc.
Since March 2011, ODC Ensemble has been based at their own venue, “Vyrsodepseio” - the biggest tannery of the Balkans in the 19th century. They transformed it into a multi-stage, versatile space for performing arts. “Vyrsodepseio” is situated at the fringe of Athens, in a neglected post-industrial area. “Vyrsodepseio” is a member of International Networks Trans Europe Halles (TEH) and IETM and runs under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
The company's work was presented internationally at the Edinburgh Festival (UK), Athens & Epidaurus Festival (GR), the Princeton University (U.S.A.), the Opera House of Cairo (EG), the National Theatre of Greece, LaMaMa Theatre NY (U.S.A.), the 1st International Theatre Festival of Iraq, the Inauguration Ceremony of the Library of Alexandria (EG), X-Dream Festival (CY), Neukollner Oper Berlin (GE), , Musikteatertage festival Wienna (AU), Antik Teatre Barcelona (SP), etc. It was presented at the National Greek participation in PQ Quadrennial 2016 (CZ).
Theatre of the displaced and disposed I Epic theatre of the collective/masses I
Theatre of the Athenian citizens representing the voice of the one author and of the polis I
Displacement of the audience as a means of radical thinking I
Hybrid performances I
Spaces of Utopia I
Big Scale spatial interventions I
Theatre of Catastrophism: The relentless refusal of the expected and the excess of transforming experiences is the essence of dramatic experience, involving the bewilderment of the audience in the face of persistent dislocation. The sense of having witnessed too much is crucial. It leads not to a drunkenness or a reeling exhaustion but a roaring sense of possibility and a rinsing out of accumulated expectations.
ODC Ensemble Company
Adrian Frieling (actor) was born in Hamburg, Germany. He studied »Applied Cultural Science« ( – fine arts, literature and theatre, in theory and praxis [acting, dramaturgy, directing]) at University of Hildesheim, Germany. As a basic member of the German theatre-company »THEATER MAHAGONI« (Ηannover, Βerlin) he partic- ipated in 25 theatre-productions (1992-2000). The Plays were shown on Festivals in Berlin, Cologne, Basel, Leipzig, Hannover, Antwerp, »IMPULSE«- Festival, »KAMPNAGEL« and others. In 1995 he started to work also in Athens. The most known productions were: »Althusser Rock«, 1995, by »THEATER MAHAGONI«, director: Albrecht Hirche, Michael Marmarinos (Ath- ens, Berlin, Paris, Angouléme, Oldenburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Festival «Manöver») »Electra« (Sophokles, role: »Pylades«), 1998, direc- tor: Michael Marmarinos («Athens Festival», Epi- dauros, Thessaloniki). »Bad Actors«, 1999, by »THEATER MAHAGONI« (Ath- ens, Berlin, Hannover, Festivals in Hannover, «Eu-roszene» (Leipzig), «TRANSEUROPA» (Hildesheim), First Price of Festival »IMPULSE«. »Clytemnestra«, 2000, by Αndreas Staikos, directed by Adrian Frieling
(Thessaloniki, Athens) »FASSBINDER …harder! …faster! …more!«, 2003, written and directed by Adrian Frieling, (Athens, Bremen) »Dying as a Country« by Dimitris Dimitriadis, 2007/8, director: Michael Marmarinos. («Athens Festival», «Kunstenfestival» Bruxelles, «Wiener
Festwochen» Vienna, «Dramatyczny» Warsaw, «Fes- tival d’Automne» Paris).
Since 2009 he is a member of the ODC company participating in: ‘META’ ‘Viciousness in the kitchen of Sylvia Plath’, “Woyzeck Quartet”, ‘SKIN’ “Touching Bottom” and "Richard II".
Valia Papachristou (dancer) graduated from the National School of Dance. Took her Masters degree’s in Laban Center with the group ‘Transitions’ in London. Permanent member of the dancetheater company OKTANA (choreographer: Constantine Rigos) for eight years. As a dancer she has also collaborated with “Omada Edafous” (choreographer: Dimitris Papaioannou) Antigone Gyra in the “Chorika” of Zozo Nikoloudi and the company “X-it”
(choreographer: Fotis Nikolaou).
As a choreographer-kinesiologist she has collaborated with Embros Theater International Theater Thiseion Theater Technis Theater The New Greek Theater (a.o) and with the: Michael Marmarinos Marianna Kalmpari Dimitris Mavrikios Theodoros Gramsa Tassos Mpantis John Kakleas George Armenis Nikaiti Kontouri Stamatis Fasoulis a.o. She has choreographed the operas “Julius Ceasar in Egypt” “Orpheus in Hades” (Thessaloniki
Auditorium). The opera “Wound” (Hellenic Festival 2008) and the musical “The sixth floor”
(Michael Cacogiannis Foundation 2012).
As a performer she took part in the performances of Theater Technis: ‘Nefeles’ ‘Happy End’ ‘Alkistis’ and the performance ‘Dye as a country’ directed by Michael Maramarinos. In 2009 took her teaching diploma in yoga from the Institut fuer Yoga und Gesundheit, in Colonia.
She has taught in the Drama School of George Armenis and the theatrical school “ACT 7” of Theodoros Gramsa where she still teaches.
Since 2009 she is a member of the ODC company participating in: ‘META’, “Woyzeck Quartet”, ‘SKIN’ “Touching Bottom” and "Richard II".
Aleksandra Siafkou [Set and Costume Designer]
Born in Athens in 1982. She graduated from the Warsaw Arts High School in 2000 and the Art Direction Department of the Stavrakos Cinema and Television School. She worked as an assistant to the renowned set and costume designer Yannis Metzikof.
Since 2009 she collaborated with ODC Ensemble in the performances: ‘META’, ‘Viciousness in the kitchen of Sylvia Plath’, “Woyzeck Quartet”, ‘SKIN’ “Touching Bottom” by D. Dimitriades and "Richard II" by W. Shakespeare.
Aristotelis Karananos [Set Designer] was born in Athens in 1970. He graduated from the Department of Mathematics (University of Athens).
Since 2009 he collaborated with ODC Ensemble in: ‘META’, ‘Viciousness in the kitchen of Sylvia Plath’, “Woyzeck Quartet”, ‘SKIN’ “Touching Bottom” and "Richard II".
Elli Papakonstantinou, theatre director, activist,
artistic director of theatre company ODC Ensemble, artistic director
& founder of art space “Vyrsodepseio”.
Is born  in Athens
Mphil, Department of Theatre & Drama Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K.
Master Degree, Department of Theatre & Drama Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K., (supervised by pr. David Bradby)
Department of Theatre Studies, School of Art, Aristotelion University, Greece
2017 First Prize Award for BE Festival 2017 at the Repertory Theatre of Birmingham, U.K. for performance Revolt Athens
2004-2005 Fulbright Artist’s Award for conducting research at the Music & Advanced Media Lab of the Princeton University
2005 Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University
1997 First Prize Award, Edinburgh Festival
2017 Commissioned to direct big scale performance by V18, Cultural Capital Europe
2017 Subsidized by Hellenic National Center of Theater and Dance/Hellenic Ministry of Culture
2017 Performance Revolt Athens was presented at the European Parliament of Culture
2017 Danish Arts Foundation
2016 Swedish Arts Council
2015 Sits at the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT)
2015 Appointed President at the Board of 1,5% for sponsoring Greek Film Industry for two years
2015 PQ15 (Prague Quadrennial), Hellenic pavilion participation with performances META and SKIN and commissioned new creation
2011 Subsidized by Hellenic National Center of Theater and Dance/Hellenic Ministry of Culture
1995 IKY State Scholarship Foundation –Socrates Erasmus Greece
1993-5 IKY State Scholarship Foundation
Performances/ selected work (concept, director, writer)
-Louisette: The Backstage of Revolution, Old Oil Mill (Palaio Elaiourgeio) of Eleusis, co-produced by “Eleusis 2012” European Capital of Culture and Athens & Epidaurus Festival.
-Tree of happiness, sound installation, “Pafos17” Cultural Capital of Europe.
-Revolt Athens, (in tour)
Presented at the European Parliament of Culture, May
Operadagen Festival, the Netherlands, May
BE Festival, U.K., July, (awarded a First Prize Award)
Presented at the Acco Festival, Israel, September
-Happiness Unilimited, a Danish /Greek performance salon,Aarhus (DK) and the Benaki Museum, supported by: the Danish Arts Council
-Two-character play by T. Williams, Faust theatre, Athens (February -June) and second round (October – January 17)
-Revolt Athens, (in tour)
FAKI Festival, Zagreb, May
Athens and Epidaurus Festival, July (Official opening of the festival)
-Debtocrazy Revolutions, commissioned by 13th International Exhibition Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space
-Performances After and Skin, presented at the 13th PQ, Hellenic pavilion, April
-Revolt Athens, (in tour)
Antik teatre, Barcelona, Spain, May
Musikteatretage Wien, September
Neukoellner Oper Berlin, Germany, November
-Woman and Woolf, by E. Penga, International
Festival Dimitria, Thessaloniki, October
City Theatre of Peiraias, Athens, Greece, November
-Le femme et le poup, Panta Theatre, Caen, France, May,
-Richard II, The King is Dead, Shakespeare, Vyrsodepseio, Athens, January - July
-Touching bottom, by D.Dimitriadis, SGT, Onassis Foundation, Athens, October
-Skin, installation performance on politics and Leviathan, VYRSODEPSEIO, First run: Dec.– Feb., Second run: April– June
-Woyzeck Quartet, based on G.Buchner’s, Athens & Epidaurus Festival, July
-Ma vie De Chandelles, by Fabrice Melquiot, M.Kakoyiannis Foundation, Athens, March, prod. French Institute, Low Budget Festival
- Winter’s Tale, W. Shakespeare, National Theatre of Cyprus, October
-META, a performance on catastrophe, site-specific
Vyrsodepsio, Athens, July-November
1st International Theatre Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq, September
-The Outcry by Tenessee Williams, the National Theatre of Patras, Greece, January - May
-Sous l’oiel d’ Oedipe, by Joel Jouanneau International Institute of Theatre, iTi, April
-Viciousness in the kitchen, site-specific performance based on the radio play Three women by Sylvia Plath,
Sunergeio Theatre, April-May.
Lithografeio theatre, Patras
VYRSODEPSEIO, Athens, November
X Dream Festival, Cyprus, May
-From Α to Ω. Musical performance of Tania Tsanaklidou and Blaine Reininger of Tuxedomoon, Gyalino Mousiko Theatre, Athens, Feb-May / big scale tour in Greece.
-The Country, by M. Crimp. Theatre Kappa, December-March
-ODC (Homer’s Odyssey) a physical challenge to narrate musically the Odyssey.
XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, July
Homereia Festival, Xios , August / Αeschyleia Festival, Eleusina, September
International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo, October
-The sound of gun, by L. Anagnostaki, Theatre 104, Athens, Feb-March
-Lettre aux jeunes acteurs, by O. Py, International Institute of Theatre
-A night of secrets, The National Theatre of Greece, Athens, Dec-Feb
-Faith by K. Robin, Theatre Emporikon, Athens, Oct-April
-The Mysterious Mr. Love by C. Leich, Theatre I Volanikis, Athens, March-Feb / Theatre Kalamarias, Thessaloniki, Feb-March
-The ships, by Kavafis, with the participation of The Philadelphia Philharmonic, Princeton University, USA, May
-They’re playing our song, by N. Simon, Theatre Ι Volanakis, Athens, Feb-March / Theatre Egnatia (March-April)
-Destiny by A. Dimou, Theatre Technis, Athens, Dec-Feb / Theatre Neou Kosmou, Athens, Oct-Dec
-The iron by R. Munro, Aplo Theatre, Athens, Jan-May
-Streams of Voices, National Theatre of Greece, 4th Summer Academy, June
-ODC…After Homer, based on Homer’s Odyssey, prod. by the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Arts Council, U.K. Performed at:
Opera of Cairo, May
Edinburgh Festival, C Venue, July-August
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Inauguration Ceremony, October
Princeton University, May
Chashama Theatre, N. York, Broadway Avenue, May
-The Decameron of Women by J. Vosnezeskaya, Theatre IVI, Athens, Nov-May
-The Suppliants after Aeschylus after Kossovo by T. Hammershlag, produced by The Arts Council
The Lion King Theater, June
Edinburgh Festival, THE GILDED BALLOON, July-Aug,
- Ajax by Sophocles, Jermyn Street Theater, West End, London, May-June
-Nine Lives, Ten Tales by L. Warren, BAC Theater, London, March-April / Edinburgh Festival, August
- Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, dir. Vassilis Papavasiliou, National Theatre of Greece, Epidavros Festival 2000, Sophocles Festival 2000, The Coliseum, Rome, New York and U.S.A. tour, etc.
- The Bacchae by Euripides, dir. Matthias Langhoff. Epidavros Festival 1997, National Theatre of Northern Greece, etc.
- Signs & Wonders, feature film, prod: MK2. dir. Jonathan Nossiter.
TV series (director):
- Pshychosavvato by Gr. Xenopoulos, Prod. ΝΕΤ. (2008)
Publications - reviews
For Elli Papakonstantinou
A Θeatre in crisis: Elli Papakonstantinou & Odc Ensemble / Vyrsodepseio” by Nefeli editions, 300 p., 1500 copies, 2017 An edited volume of essays by theatre critics and researchers who have closely followed ODC Ensemble, outlining the company’s journey and evolution throughout the years of the Greek crisis. The collection includes photos documenting the Ensemble’s performances and testifying to its intricate relationship with the audience. The case of ODC Ensemble highlights how theatre relates to the concept of the crisis that unearths theatre’s explosive dynamics, its potential to challenge the status quo and regenerate a collective identity.
By Elli Papakonstantinou
- The Manifest, Journal of Greek Media and Culture, ed. F.Hager, M. Fragkou, 2017
- The actor and the target, by Decklan Donnelan, by Nefeli editions (translator)
- The Outcry by Tenessee Williams, Kappa editions (co-translator with Athina Maximou)
2017: Theatre Studies, University of Malta, visiting lecturer
2017: "Robotics in performance" MCAST (Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology), Malta, workshop leader.
2015 -Neukoellner Oper Berlin, workshop leader.
2012-3: Performing Art Seminars, Vyrsodepseio, cu-curator and workshop leader.
2007: Department of Theater Studies of the University of Peloponnese, visiting lecturer.
2005: UCL, University of London, visiting lecturer.
2005: Hellenic Studies Department, Princeton University, visiting scholar
2003-4: Theatre & Drama Studies Dept, Royal Holloway,The University of London, visiting lecturer.
2003: The National Theatre of Greece,The Summer Academy of 2003, Master's workshop leader.
2006-2008: Variant drama schools in Greece, such as “Iasmos”, “Central School”, “Theatre of Changes” etc.
Residencies/ conferences/ workshops (selection)
2017:Art, Politics and the Institution - a european summit, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim.
2016: Arts & Audiences, Swedish Arts Council, Gothenburg
2016: The Copenhagen International Festival
2016: Closing speaker at the ‘It’s (about) politics’ conference, WUK, Vienna, Austria
2015: Keynote speaker at the Trans Europe Halles conference, JOHAN Centrum, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
2014: The Nordic Performing Arts Days 2014, Gothenburg International Festival
2014: Arab-Balkan platform for exchange, Cimetta Foundation,Zagreb
Elli founded and managed Vyrsodepseio art space (2011-2016)
Elli founded and is the artistic director of company ODC Ensemble
Elli manages Creative Europe projects for ODC Ensemble:
(2016-2020) -Creative Lenses, Business Models for Culture,
(2016-2018) - Europe Grand Central
(2017-2020) - Polar Circle
Elli produced and/or curated:
-ODC Ensemble’s activities in Vyrsodepseio (more than 100 festivals of music and dance, performances and international collaborations).
- Catalan artists meet Greek artists, performances and residencies, a partnership of Vyrsodepseio and Antic Τeater, Spain.
- Site-Specific Festival I, II and III, 3-day festivals with more than 300 artists as participants.
- Month of Greek Theatre in France, May 2014 and Month of French Theatre in Greece, June 2014 (co-curated with D Kondylaki and G Kakoudaki). A partnership of Vyrsodepseio with the Institut Français (Grèce), Panta Theatre, Maison Antoine Vitez, France.
- Performance art workshops (co-curated with K Diapouli): a three-year programme that provided workshops on performance
art on a regular basis.
- Dramaturgy workshop (co-curated with D Kondylaki and G Kakoudaki): 3-month workshop on new writing.
- International art residency programs.