Σatellart aims to showcase contemporary Greek culture in Europe. It originates from the annual Milano incontra la Grecia (Milan meets Greece) festival for contemporary Greek performing arts that has been taking place in Milan’s Piccolo Teatro since 2007, and is currently expanding both in terms of geographical coverage and artistic content.
This year’s events focus on the notion of the “other,” and the “foreigner” underling the need for diversity to be respected.
The festival Milano incontra la Grecia has run for six years by the platform Σattellart-transmitting Greece with the view of promoting Greek culture in the Italian city of Milan. This year, the fabled Piccolo Teatro opens again its doors to host two interesting performances.
The first goes under the title The Foreigner: Austras or Couch Grass (by Lena Kitsopoulou.) The Greek National Theatre invited two of the country’s best known young writers, Giannis Tsiros and Lena Kitsopoulou, each to write a one-act play inspired by the word “foreigner”.
A group of young friends invite a tourist in Greece to visit them at home, creating tension between them and bringing about unexpected consequences. Armed with a sharp wit and a bold ideological position, the writer makes an outstanding comment on distortions and pathologies in Greek society arising from the issue of immigration.
The second performance under the title Humaterra by Dagipoli Dance Co is decribed: The play is not essentially about disability, but disability exists throughout the work; Disability just exists because it cannot vanish and the dancer and the audience cannot deny its existence. It exists discreetly in the work but it often disappears and comes back, reversing roles and the dancers’ anthropometric scale. It is a confrontational game that invites the viewer to come out of the convenient position of an observer and collide with his stereotypes and demons.
Important Greek and foreign artists have appeared during the festival such as Theodoros Terzopoulos, the National Theatre of Greece, Savinna Yannatou, Lydia Koniordou, Rootlessroot, Andonis Foniadakis, Giorgos Koumendakis, Rimini Protokoll, Aiep-Ariella Vidach, Moni Ovadia, Taldans, Sentieri Selvaggi and many more, as well as entities such as The State Museum for Contemporary Art and the photography agency Magnum.
The festival is organized under the auspices of the Greek Consulate-General in Milan and the Municipality of Milan.