Silver Lion 2015 - Venice Biennale

Silver Lion 2015
Venice Biennale


Volume’s premiere, April 2021

More than three thousand years ago, a group of women created a particular society on the distant shores of the Black Sea. A society formed only by free women, with a community and warrior spirit, willing to defend a different order. The Amazons.
Why did the Amazons believe they needed to create a society without men? Why did male heroes from ancient times reacted aggressively to this alternative society? Is it fair the use of violence to defend oneself against external attacks? Or must the defence of one’s opinions and the revolts against injustices always be peaceful? Girls, boys, are we all the same or is there something that makes us different? And… why does the Amazon River bear precisely that name?
The second volume of the OLYMPUS project stars the Amazons, Pussy Riot, the Guerrilla Girls, the green scarf protesters from Argentina, those dressed in black from Poland or those in lilac on March 8. Them and all their antagonists, from Heracles to Vladimir Putin, to the neighbour of the 2nd floor.

OLYMPUS project is a theatrical series based on a critical and disruptive vision of Greek myths intended exclusively for children from 7 to 11 years old. Through a complex, daring and multi- referential look, OLYMPUS proposes various 45-minute volumes staged through a narrator who handles scale models, action figures, various live video cameras and online resources.
What happens when we present a Greek myth before the eyes of children? What happens in their minds when they first hear about Prometheus, Ariadne, Icarus, Persephone, Medusa, the Minotaur, Phaethon, or Arachne? The Greek myths, which are at the base of Western culture, appear today blurred in our cultural panorama. Something must have happened with the transmission of these myths so that they have been relegated and that only some privileged few manage to reach them, understand them and enjoy them. Greek myths, like all myths, are there so that through them we can ask ourselves about human nature, not necessarily to find unambiguous answers.
Project OLYMPUS is intended to serve as a gateway to Greek mythology for children, based on a critical and playful review, connecting myths with some of the key issues of our time. For this reason, the series is conceived only for children, without the presence of adults in the room.

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