IN GREEK WITH ITALIAN SURTITLES
THE PURE LOVER by David Plante
Far beyond the distress that you are not here now, with me
- so far beyond this sorrow,
that I can no longer imagine the life we have lived together,
your absence has become for me obsession.
What is this obsession with absence, so that I cannot imagine a presence?
"The Pure Lover" is an elegy by the American author DAVID PLANTE about his partner of forty years, the Greek poet and publisher Nikos Stangos, their life together and its tragic end. A long lasting erotic dedication, an almost physical and moving study on the subject of loss and mourning, memory and fantasy.
Despite our stormy time, in which man "creates instantly loose bonds so that they can be easily, quickly and painlessly broken" (Liquid Love, Zygmunt Bauman - 2003), just five years after the death of his partner, David Plante records a multi-year story of devotion that spans the full spectrum of emotional fluctuation: from the first excitement to despair. From absolute pairing to absolute loneliness.
"You, you, you" he constantly writes and composes - at the same time – not only the biography of his partner, but also a narrative of the history of Greece from 1936 (year of Stangos' birth) to 2004, always written in the second person singular. An absolute erotic dedication, a "devastating, daring, personal mourning", as Philip Roth writes.
During the stage adaptation, - unlike the real/actual story -, four actors, two women and two men, represent four versions of the same person: the man who is left behind and learns to find his footing in the new era of his life. The narrative is constantly alternating between them on stage, talking about true, essential, pure love, regardless of gender, regardless of age, regardless of origin. In its full expression and essence. And finally, the need to pursue love in our wild and lonely times.
How does memory become present? How do fragments come together to a whole image? How does love become pain? How love turns into loss? How does absence become presence? How can you heal the trauma? How do you survive? How can you breathe? Again?
Directed by: ARIS LASKOS
Drama / Adaptation: ARIS LASKOS - CONNIE ZIKOU
Sets - costumes: TINA TZOKA
Music: KORNILIOS SELAMSIS
Lighting: CECILIA TSELEPIDI
Editing: MYRTO GRAPSA
Translation: ELIAS MAGLINIS
Assistant directors: CONNIE ZIKOU - MARINA EMMANOUILIDOU